Aerospace CorporationThe bus-sized space station is predicted to plunge at around 12.10am tomorrow
The bus-sized space station is predicted to plunge at around 12.10am tomorrow - however the exact timing of the re-entry could vary by up to two-and-a-half-hours.
Andrew Abraham, a member of the The Aerospace Corporation, stated that an estimated “10 percent to 40 percent” of the Tiangong-1 station will survive its descent back to Earth.
He stated: "Our company has the ability to predict space debris if we have a firm idea of the exact composition of the space object.
“Especially ones in which we're involved with the design.Related articles
"But because China doesn't really send that information, the best we can tell you is between 10 percent and 40 percent of the mass of Tiangong-1 would survive.”
The European Space Agency declared in a recent update that re-entry is likely to take place “from the night of April 1 to the early morning of April 2”.
The orbital speed of the Tiangong-1 is understood to be dependent upon the sun.
If the sun is active, its energy pushes strongly against the atmosphere of Earth, meaning it becomes denser at a higher altitude and could impact the levels of drag against the