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Keep a hard hat handy....

Post by daib0 » Mon Sep 26, 2016 9:14 pm

Good news, everybody, an out of control space station is hurtling towards Earth.

It's been a matter of speculation for a while and now China have finally confirmed that one of their space stations is crashing towards to Earth and that it might be out of control. S^*= !!!!

The 8.5 tonne Tiangong-1 space station is likely to have reached Earth by 2017, so that gives us all a bit of time to say goodbye to our loved ones.

Its currently orbiting at a height of around 370km and Chinese officials will keep an eye on its movements. They will let us know if there's a change in estimated arrival time.

Astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell told the Guardian that while most of the space station will burn up in the Earth atmosphere, some parts will be too dense to fully burn: "There will be lumps of about 100kg or so, still enough to give you a nasty wallop if it hit you. Yes, there's a chance it will do damage, it might take out someone's car, there will be a rain of a few pieces of metal, it might go through someone's roof, like if a flap fell off a plane, but it is not widespread damage."

It's been up in space since 2011 but ended its mission last March. Since March, several astronomers have spoken out about the fact that it seems to be wandering aimlessly and heading towards Earth. However, until now, China refused to release an official statement.



The papers are just picking up on this now too -

For example -

The Guardian

China's Tiangong-1 space station 'out of control' and will crash to Earth

Chinese authorities confirm the eight-tonne ‘Heavenly Palace’ lab will re-enter the atmosphere sometime in 2017 with some parts likely to hit Earth

https://www.theguardian.com/science/201 ... h-to-earth


How might you protect yourselves?

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Post by mrblackbat » Tue Sep 27, 2016 9:31 am

8 tons is nothing; Mir was 129 tons.

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Post by Gibbon » Tue Sep 27, 2016 10:01 am

I still wouldn't want a piece of it hitting me on the head.

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Post by daib0 » Tue Sep 27, 2016 10:27 am

Gibbon wrote:I still wouldn't want a piece of it hitting me on the head.
me neither :lol:

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Post by mrblackbat » Tue Sep 27, 2016 10:54 am

And how many bits of Mir hit someone?

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Post by Rover the Top » Tue Sep 27, 2016 11:01 am

mrblackbat wrote:And how many bits of Mir hit someone?
Wasn't that a controlled deorbit?

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Post by Dan » Tue Sep 27, 2016 11:03 am

And lots of bits did come down, but controlled, and over the sea?

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Post by theadore » Tue Sep 27, 2016 11:11 am

Don't forget about the secret government space stations which are crashing to ground all the time.

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Post by Rover the Top » Tue Sep 27, 2016 11:14 am

theadore wrote:Don't forget about the secret government space stations which are crashing to ground all the time.
Funded by Kentaro?

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Post by mrblackbat » Tue Sep 27, 2016 11:17 am

Dan wrote:And lots of bits did come down, but controlled, and over the sea?
And hit how many people?

There's more chance of being hit by a meteorite than a bit of the Chinese Space Station.

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Post by Ethiaa » Tue Sep 27, 2016 11:23 am

It scared the crap out of that bloke in the pedalo though didn't it.

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Post by Rover the Top » Tue Sep 27, 2016 11:25 am

But then there's more chance of being hit by an out-of-control space station that could crash over a populated area than there is of being hit by one that's deliberately crashed into an empty part of the ocean... :shrug:

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Post by Dan » Tue Sep 27, 2016 11:31 am

mrblackbat wrote:
Dan wrote:And lots of bits did come down, but controlled, and over the sea?
And hit how many people?

There's more chance of being hit by a meteorite than a bit of the Chinese Space Station.
It hit no people, because it was controlled and aimed at the Pacific Ocean. Very few people there.

The reports seem to suggest this one may be slightly less controlled... however I agree, if it was actually about to drop on a city they would probably be doing more to stop it. That's not to say they aren't, who knows. For all we know the Chinese have got total control over its fall and it'll 'accidentally' come down quite close to Tokyo... :paranoid:

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Post by mrblackbat » Tue Sep 27, 2016 11:45 am

Dan wrote:
mrblackbat wrote:
Dan wrote:And lots of bits did come down, but controlled, and over the sea?
And hit how many people?

There's more chance of being hit by a meteorite than a bit of the Chinese Space Station.
It hit no people, because it was controlled and aimed at the Pacific Ocean. Very few people there.

The reports seem to suggest this one may be slightly less controlled... however I agree, if it was actually about to drop on a city they would probably be doing more to stop it. That's not to say they aren't, who knows. For all we know the Chinese have got total control over its fall and it'll 'accidentally' come down quite close to Tokyo... :paranoid:
Less controlled (i.e. by less I mean not), but yes, should it look as if it's going to plow into somewhere, they'll do something about it.

Unless, of course, Deutsche Bank goes today and nobody has any money to do anything about it anymore! :paranoid:

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Post by wrinks_89 » Wed Sep 28, 2016 3:57 am

Ethiaa wrote:It scared the crap out of that bloke in the pedalo though didn't it.
:lol:
Not to mention, the swans!

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