A Chinese space lab known as Tiangong-1 that launched nearly seven years ago is expected to re-enter the earth’s atmosphere in the coming days and nobody knows for sure where it will crash. Experts believe it will likely happen in the Midwestern United States, specifically in Illinois, Iowa Indiana and Wisconsin. The experts at Aerospace Corp. say there’s little cause for concern.
Aerospace said in a tweet that the odds of a piece of Tiangong-1 harming someone are “vanishingly small,” and your odds of being hit by the debris are a million times smaller than your odds of winning the Powerball jackpot.
Opinions differ a bit on exactly when and where the space lab will wind up landing. Aerospace predicts the space lab will re-enter the atmosphere around April 1, while the European Space Agency thinks it will happen between March 30 and April 6.
Authorities say not to go near pieces of Tiangong-1 that may fall onto your property. The debris can be hazardous to your health, and you should contact local authorities if you spot any pieces.
No one knows where #Tiangong1 will reenter, but we do know odds of it harming someone are vanishingly small. Our scientists calculate odds of you being hit by Tiangong-1 debris are ~1mil times smaller than odds of winning Powerball jackpot – even if you live in ‘high risk’ areas. pic.twitter.com/ic6hSl7WD6
— TheAerospaceCorp (@AerospaceCorp) March 13, 2018
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