Chinese Space Station Set to Plummet to Earth, Releasing Chemicals into the Atmosphere

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China’s defunct space station, named Tiangong-1 or “heavenly place”, is expected to fall to Earth between March 30 and April 2, latest estimates suggest.

Most of the eight-tonne space probe, launched in 2011, should “burn up” in the atmosphere before crash landing, Chinese space officials say.

China’s space agency, CNSA, have never fully explained why Tiangong-1 "ceased functioning" on March 16 after reaching its "final phase of life".

According to space experts, the odds of being hit by debris from the rogue space station are astronomical, meaning the threat to human life is minimal.

Nevertheless, Chinese scientists do not know where and when Tiangong-1 will crash, describing its time-frame for re-entry as "highly variable".

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