China’s Tiangong-1 bound for atmospheric reentry this weekend

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China’s Tiangong-1 spacecraft is predicted to fall to Earth on Saturday March 31 or Sunday, April 1.

According to Aerospace Corp, re-entry will begin when spacecraft falls to an altitude of 120 kilometers above Earth. Some of this maybe visible from Earth. After reach an altitude of 80 kilometers, the spacecraft will likely break apart.

The UK Space Agency’s chief engineer told the BBC that most of Tiangong-1 will burn up on re-entry, with surviving debris likely falling into the ocean.

Experts say the risk of it impacting a city or populated area are very low. The chances of someone being hit by Tiangong-1 are 1 in a trillion, reported Space.com, citing Aerospace Corp.

The spacecraft is expected to fall somewhere between 43 degrees north and 43 degrees south latitudes, reports the BBC.

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1. Depiction of Tiangong-1 over Earth
2. Depiction of atmospheric reentry and view from Earth
3. Depiction of Tiangong-1 breaking apart
4. Depiction of spacecraft debris burning in atmosphere
5. Depiction of spacecraft debris burning in ocean
6. Depiction of debris falling to the ground
7. Depiction of area where Tiangong-1 flight path and where it may impact Earth

VOICEOVER (in English):

“China’s Tiangong-1 spacecraft is predicted to fall to Earth on Saturday March 31 or Sunday, April 1.”

“According to Aerospace Corp, re-entry will begin when spacecraft falls to an altitude of 120 km above Earth. Some of this maybe visible from Earth.”

“As it descends to 80 km altitude, the spacecraft will break apart.”

“The UK Space Agency’s chief engineer told the BBC that most of Tiangong-1 will burn up on re-entry.”

“With surviving debris likely falling into the ocean.”

“Experts say the risk of it impacting a city or populated area are very low.

“Aerospace Corp says the chances of someone being hit by Tiangong-1 are 1 in a trillion.”

“Earlier forecasts estimated reentry at between March 29 and April 9.”

“Impact is expected somewhere between 43 degrees north and 43 degrees south latitudes.”

SOURCES: Aerospace Corporation, Space, BBC
http://aerospace.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/COL002.0318_TIAN.pdf
http://www.aerospace.org/cords/media-kit/
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-43557446
https://www.space.com/40140-chinese-space-station-easter-2018-crash.html