Aristos Georgiou – February 5, 2018
The European Space Agency’s Space Debris Office has announced that it expects China’s out-of-control Tiangong-1 space station to re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere sometime between mid-March and mid-April.
However, the office warns that this estimate is “highly variable” and subject to change due to a variety of factors, such as changes in the Earth’s atmosphere.
The space agency also predicts that the spacecraft will re-enter somewhere between the 43rd north and south parallels. This large portion of the Earth either side of the equator includes many populous countries, including the US, China and Japan. However, it is important to note that the odds of a piece of Tiangong hitting someone are infinitesimally small.