Update: Lower Michigan may be crash site for falling Chinese space station

| March 12, 2018 | 27 Comments

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Metro UK reports the Chinese space station, Tiangong-1, is expected to crash into the Earth early April, and it looks like lower Michigan is a likely impact site. Northern China, central Italy, northern Spain, the Middle East, New Zealand, Tasmania, South America, southern Africa, and northern states in the US have also been identified as the regions with a high chance of impact.

‘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 kilometres in size and centered along a point on the Earth that the station passes over.’

‘Potentially, there may be a highly toxic and corrosive substance called hydrazine on board the spacecraft that could survive re-entry. ‘For your safety, do not touch any debris you may find on the ground nor inhale vapors it may emit.’

So our rocket scientists have narrowed down the time window a bit, but are still vague on the “where” part. Also mentioned, hydrazine is pretty nasty stuff and even short exposures can result in irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat as well as dizziness, headache, nausea, pulmonary edema, seizures and even coma, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency. If I happen to run across anything that looks like a smoking Chinese spacecraft, I’m leaving that sucker alone.

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  1. MCPO NYC USN Ret. says:

    Good thing it is lower Michigan, ‘casue the folks in the ” U P ” would not like a unauthorized Chineeze entry into their back country.

    Just sayin’ …

    PS1: With any luck, Mr. Moore may be home!

    PS2: Hope no one gets hurt!

  2. Graybeard says:

    As long as the cheese production is not hampered…

    Seriously, I bet some lawyers are itching to have a go at some lawsuits against China.

  3. Doc Savage says:

    So….Detroit may be undergoing a hardcore urban renewal program.

  4. Wireman 611 says:

    That’s one way to beat the steel and aluminium tariffs.

  5. Doc Savage says:

    That’s the last time I order Chinese for delivery.

    Next time….take out.

  6. OldManchu says:

    “Potentially, there may be a highly toxic and corrosive substance called RICE CAKES on board the spacecraft that could survive re-entry”

    Fixed this part of the statement…

  7. Fjardeson says:

    Hydrazine surviving reentry? That would be a tank surviving without exploding, satellites don’t have heat shields. Someone, i.e. Metro UK didn’t do their NASA 101 homework on this one. Well, they didn’t put a man on the moon, either… 🙂

    • Roh-Dog says:

      This! The fact the station is in orbit between 42.8 degrees makes Michigan a very unlikely crash location.
      I’m surprised that the Chicoms haven’t shot at it yet with a anti satellite weapon.

  8. Ex-PH2 says:

    As long as it does not interfere with hummingbird migration, I’m fine with it.

  9. AZtoVA says:

    Why did I read that last as ‘smoking Chinese space crack’? I’ll bet THAT would cause eye irritation, dizziness and an edema or two.

  10. Tom Huxton says:

    The chance of predicting this far out are miniscule. If we knew the exact time, speed and direction of reintry, the possible impact site would still be 1000 miles wide and 8000 miles long. 60% chance of hitting water and small likelihood of human loss. How many folks were injured when we spread Columbia thinly from California to Louisiana?


    Hopefully it lands in Flint. Basically one big HAZMAT site anyway.

  12. Mason says:

    “Northern China, central Italy, northern Spain, the Middle East, New Zealand, Tasmania, South America, southern Africa, and northern states in the US”

    So after careful consideration, close study, and hundreds of hours of super computer time, the scientists can say with a reasonable level of certainty that it will in fact crash somewhere on Earth.

  13. Wilted Willy says:

    Anyone remember that old tv show starring Andy Griffith called Salvage One? They made a space capsule out of an old cement mixer and if I remember correctly the fuel they were going to use was hydrazine? That was a cool show, I think it only lasted one season, still a good show!

  14. Devtun says:

    Delivery system for biological agents that will cause anyone infected to get ravenously hungry a half hour after a meal.

  15. The Other Whitey says:

    Do they still have any of the old ASAT missiles lying around? If it lands in America, knock one of their satellites down over China. Tell ‘em not to leave their trash where it can fall in our yard.

  16. Garold says:

    The Chinese unloading their crap on Michigan once again. I wonder if Trump can impose sanctions on that space station.

  17. Mark Lauer says:

    Well, damnit, if they’re gonna shoot a satellite at us, I say we fire one back at them!! We can’t be tucking our tails and running away at a time like this.

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