Maltese scientists have joined a team of global space experts to track China's abandoned space station, which is expected to make a fiery re-entry and crash back to Earth over Easter weekend.
Tiangong-1 set off in 2011 and completed its mission five years later.
China's space agency, CNSA, have never fully explained why Tiangong-1 "ceased functioning" on March 16 after reaching its "final phase of life".
Southern Michigan is listed within a region of Earth identified as having the highest probability of debris landing from a free-falling Chinese space station. Is there cause to be anxious?- Speaking at a recent press briefing, the head of the ESA's space debris office, Holger Krag, told reporters "Our experience is that for such large objects typically between 20% and 40% of the original mass will survive re-entry and then could be found on the ground, theoretically".
Also known by its English translation, "Heavenly Palace", the out-of-control station is heading back into the atmosphere sometime around April 1. Now they think they know: They say it will likely re-enter our atmosphere around April 1.
The European Space Agency predicts the fall to occur anytime from this Friday to next Monday.
This space station is China's first.
That means some debris from the fireball could hit the Earth anywhere in a band between 43 degrees north and south of the equator. The interest surrounding the free-falling doomed space station is the fact that scientists and researchers truly can't nail down when and where it will enter.
Wherever Tiangong-1 ends up, the chance of being hit by debris is extremely small - around one in 100,000 billion, according to Ansa.
The ASI is one of 13 worldwide space agencies monitoring the satellite as it approaches earth for an uncontrolled crash landing. "These include the natural rotation speed, the manner in which Tiangong-1 breaks up into several parts, the time of the break-up and the actual weather conditions in space".
The last human space outpost to fall to Earth was the 135-ton Russian space station Mir in 2001.
While posing minimal risk to humans, the uncontrolled re-entry of the space lab is a blot on China's ambitious space program.