An enormous Chinese space station is at risk of crashing to Earth in what could be a fatal fireball, scientists have warned.
The large orbiting Tiangong-1 space station is “out of control,” and is heading on a collision course with Earth.
The massive satellite, launched in 2011, is reported to have lost radio connection with China’s space agency in March this year.
Satellite tracker Thomas Dorman told Space.com, ‘If I am right, China will wait until the last minute to let the world know it has a problem with their space station.
‘It could be a real bad day if pieces of this came down in a populated area … but odds are, it will land in the ocean or in an unpopulated area.’
‘Sometimes, the odds just do not work out, so this may bear watching.’
Most pieces of space junk burn up on re-entry, but because of its size, pieces of Tiangong-1 might reach the ground.
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