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Want the Latest on the Falling Chinese Space Station?


Update, 6:22 p.m.: The Pacific got any debris:

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Update, 5:42 p.m., Pacific:

Hopefully, the people of Chile and Argentina have caught a break – seeing a night-time spectacle, without any debris fall hitting nearby!

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Update, 5:37 p.m.:

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Update, 5:35 p.m.: It’s off Aerospace’s online tracking map; just checked that, so I don’t know when they took it off. It was over the Pacific, last time I checked the map.



Update, 5:32 p.m.: Per La Vanguardia, China’s Manned Space Flight center (CMSEO) says that Tiangong debris will arrive in the south central Atlantic at 00:49 UTC.



Update, 5:22 p.m. Pacific:

Any surviving debris should hit the planet within the hour, per Aerospace, but will we know?

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Update, April 1, 2018, 3:24 p.m. Pacific:

At the moment, the nonprofit company Aerospace guesstimates a reentry point somewhere off the western coast of South America, roughly two hours from now, but that is extremely iffy, as per the Space-com article linked below. The spacecraft is tumbling and many factors are working on it as it falls.

Here is Aerospace’s video of what the reentry might look like from space (they include actual footage of another craft’s reentry, taken from a plane–yes, it does look a little like the ending of Gravity, if Sandra Bullock had come down at night):

And here’s a little advice on what to do if you find a piece of Tiangong.



Just FYI: Space.Com is doing updates here.


Featured image: Craigboy via Wikimedia. CC BY-SA 3.0.


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About BJ Deming

After getting an associate's degree in forestry, I studied geology as an undergraduate back in the 1980s but went into medical transcription instead. It just worked out better for me. The Internet renewed my interest in geoscience as a hobby, and when I retired in 2014, I decided to write a book about cat evolution. That started a new career for me (enormous fun but not self-supporting yet). Right now, besides blogging I am finishing up the first two books in a self-published ebook series about the cat family and its history. Thanks for your interest!

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