Michigan might be hit by a falling space station. China’s Tiangong-1 station is re-entering Earth’s atmosphere and debris is expected to hit the surface in regions around Southern Michigan this April. The Aerospace Corporation stated in a press release, “There is a chance that a small amount of Tiangong-1 debris may survive reentry and impact the ground. Should this happen, any surviving debris would fall within a region that is a few hundred kilometers in size and centered along a point on the Earth that the station passes over.” The space station weighs approximately 19,000 pounds but only 10 to 40% of it could survive the re-entry, which is about 2,000 to 8,000 pounds of debris. It might seem like a lot of weight but aerospace corporation insists being hit is very unlikely and that you have more chances of winning the lottery. However, the station could carry hydrazine on board, a highly toxic and corrosive substance (so don’t touch suspicious debris with your bare hands). The last space station to re-enter Earth’s atmosphere was the MIR, which came in at 132 tons but there were no known injuries from the debris, other than a light brush on the shoulder.
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