Watch Out For Falling Chinese Space Stations
In 2011, the Chinese launched a space lab called Tiangong-1, which means "Heavenly Palace". Well, according to Space.com, the "palace", which weighs about 16,000 pounds, is coming down, and we're not sure where or when.
Or not. Depends on who you ask.
Thomas Dorman, an amateur satellite tracker based in El Paso, is of the opinion that the space lab is not able to respond to commands anymore and slowly but surely coming down. And, Thomas says, "If I am right, China will wait until the last minute to let the world know it has a problem with their space station."
Another expert, a research astrodynamicist named T.S. Kelso says, based on data he's seen, "It seems it may be much ado about nothing." Some think the Chinese have just enough control to, at some point, bring it back down where they want to.
I guess we'll find out soon.