(From The Guardian)
A defunct Chinese space laboratory is set to become a “splendid” meteor shower as it re-enters Earth’s atmosphere on Monday, Chinese authorities maintain.
Hitting speeds of over 26,000km an hour before disintegrating, the Tiangong-1 is expected to make an uncontrolled earthbound plunge on Monday Beijing time, China’s Manned Space Agency said on Sunday – an estimate roughly in line with European Space Agency projections.
The Manned Space Agency did not specify a time when it expects the craft to enter the atmosphere.
South Korea’s National Space Situational Awareness Organisation said on Sunday the 10.4-metre-long (34-foot) station is expected to re-enter the atmosphere some time between 5.12am and 1.12pm Seoul time on Monday (8.12pm on Sunday and 4.12am on Monday GMT).