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Chinese space station could crash into Earth.. and these cities are at risk

China's space station Tiangong-1 may explode early next year and countries including Spain, Italy, Japan are at risk.

Written by: India TV Buzz Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: November 10, 2017 19:01 IST ]
China's space station Tiangong-1
China's space station Tiangong-1

The 8.5 tonne Chinese space station, Tiangong-1 is expected to crash into Earth sometime between January and March 2018. The scientists say that its orbit has been decaying since March 2016 and hence, is expected to re-enter the Earth's atmosphere early next year. The European Space Agency who is finding out possible crash sites said that major cities including New York, Tokyo, Beijing, etc are at risk.

The debris could fall between 43 degrees North and 43 degrees South. As per the space agency, Istanbul, Los Angeles and countries such as Italy, Portugal, Bulgaria and Greece may also witness the wreckage of Chinese space station.

The Chinese Space Agency earlier informed the United Nations that they have lost the control over the space craft but also said that it will pose a little threat to lives or property. However, the experts said that the spots of wreckage are not confirmed and they will be able to guess the place two hours before the explosion. On a related note, Tiangong-1's successor, Tiangong-2, was launched in September 2016.

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