Falling Chinese space station poses no risk: UAE Space Agency

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In a statement delivered to the United Nations back in May of 2017, China's Permanent Mission to the UN said that the spacecraft's orbit is "decaying at a daily rate of approximately 160 metres" and that its reentry into Earth's atmosphere "is expected between October 2017 and April 2018".

Nasa's 85-tonne Skylab space station is the largest spacecraft ever to make an uncontrolled return to Earth.

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

China's 8.5-ton space station will come crashing down to Earth from Saturday onwards, the country's space authorities said, although they cannot confirm where it is likely to hit.

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"Launched in 2011, and it was mostly proof of concept - meant to prove that they could have a manned station in orbit", said Alison Klesman of Astronomy Magazine.

The Space Agency refuted rumours that the station's fall would cause a major disaster because it contains chemicals and harmful materials.

The ASI is one of 13 worldwide space agencies monitoring the satellite as it approaches earth for an uncontrolled crash landing.

China has recently put the space station into "sleep mode" ahead of it de-orbitization and its replacement with a new model. A five-day window beginning March 30th has been promoted as the most likely timeframe for when the space station will fall from the heavens.

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While the majority of the eight-tonne spacecraft is likely to burn up while dashing through the atmosphere, some parts of it are expected to hit the ground and this has raised concern just like Skylab had done nearly four decades ago. 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.

Aerospace Corporation has played down fears, saying the fragments are most likely to fall into the ocean with the chance of a person being hit less than one in 1,000,000,000,000. McDowell says that might look like what some people saw when a rocket of about Tiangong-1's weight fell near the Peru-Brazil border in January-a fiery, white light in the sky.

China's first female astronaut Liu Yang visited Tiangong-1 in 2012 and it ended its service in March 2016.

The satellite flies over Italy between three and four times a day for around three minutes at a time, Paolo Volpini of the Italian Amateur Astronomers Union (UAI) told Ansa.

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