A Great Ball Of Fire Is Headed Your Way
Date: September 29th, 2011
Location: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre, Gansu, China
Occasion: Launch of China’s first space station, Tiangong-1.
Date: July 14th, 2016
Occasion: The 10-tonne Tiangong-1 is hurtling towards Earth, like an out-of-control ball of fire.
If satellite trackers around the world are to be believed, Tiangong-1 might be hurtling towards us in a dangerous, uncontrolled free-fall and it could drop down on us any minute now. According to Thomas Dorman, an amateur satellite tracker who’s been watching Tiangong-1 since its launch in 2011, China has all but lost control of the space station. To back his claim, he has loads of photographs and data sheets captured from the ground, suggesting that the station’s solar panels are no longer directed towards the Sun.
Now, it’s likely that Tiangong-1 might not drop down on us with a big crash, but that it might burn on re-entry into Earth’s orbit and come down as a molten metal. Given its huge size though, chances are some parts still manage to remain intact and that would prove to be a very bad day for the citizens, were it to drop over an inhabited area.
“If I’m right, China will wait till last minute to let the world know about the problem with its space station,” Thomas Dorman said.
Turns out that we don’t need aliens to invade us, we’ve got the Chinese.