A runaway Chinese space station is expected to hit Earth on Easter Sunday – but it could make an April Fool's joke when it comes sooner or later.
According to Aerospace Corp. Of the organizations following the path of the crippled Tiangong-1, the estimated time of impact will be on Sunday at 10 am EST.
The more difficult question is exactly where it comes from, because the 9.5-ton space junk does so. "According to Aerospace, the best estimate is anywhere along a strip of US extending from Northern California to Pennsylvania – an area that includes southern Michigan. "
] The Wolverine State is taking no chances.
Gov. Rick Snyder has activated Michigan's Emergency Operations Center to monitor the satellite's reintegration.
"While most of the space station will burn up during reentry, there are concerns that debris could land," states a statement
"Although chances are low that one of the debris will land in Michigan, We monitor the situation and are ready to respond quickly, "said Captain Chris Kelenske. Deputy State Director for Emergency Management and Homeland Security
"The state will rely on its existing re-entry-response and recovery plan for any required response protocols," he added.
China said on Friday that this was the case In close liaison with the United Nations on the space laboratory ̵
Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said Repor said his government has kept the United Nations Space Agency informed of the latest information on the 34-foot ship, Reuters reported.
China has been responsible and transparent, Lu said.
"If there is a need, we will contact the country immediately," he said. "What I've heard is the likelihood that large fragments will fall to the ground, not very large at the moment, the likelihood is extremely low."
Jonathan McDowell, astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, estimated this Tiangong-1 is the 50th most massive uncontrolled reentry of a spacecraft since 1957.
"Much larger things fell without casualties," McDowell told Agence France. Press. "This thing is like a small plane crash."
At a height of between about 38 and 43 miles, debris will turn into "a series of fireballs" where Earthlings will "see a spectacular show".
The likelihood of actually getting hit by a satellite is less than 1 trillion to 300 trillion – which means people have a 1 million chance to win the Powerball jackpot, according to TechTimes.com.
But if you come across debris from Tiangong-1, stay at least 150 feet away as it can contain hydrazine, which is very toxic and corrosive.
Tiangong-1, or "Heavenly Palace 1", was put into orbit in 2011 to perform docking and orbiting experiments as part of China's plans to bring a permanent station into orbit by 2023.
President Xi Jinping has called on Beijing to become a global space power capabilities, which strengthen its national security.