Chinese Space Station Falling to Earth
The Chinese Tiangong-1 was the first prototype space station. Its purpose was to be a manned laboratory as well as a testbed for orbital demonstrations and docking of spacecraft. It has been in Earth’s orbit for roughly the last seven years, but sadly, that long run finally came to a close. Just last week, the Tiangong-1 re-entered Earth’s atmosphere and started plummeting towards the surface.
Now, if you’re reading this, the chances that you were hit by falling space station debris are quite low. Sadly, the fiery projectile did not come in contact with any land, so pieces cannot be picked up, collected, and resold on the market. If any piece of the station actually survived its massive fall (because everything else just burned up into the atmosphere), it had fallen into the Pacific Ocean. Since the Earth is roughly 71% covered in water, the chances of it actually landing on land, let alone a human being or someone’s house, were amazingly slim. If you know someone who was hit by debris though, see if they have proof. The lawsuit would be a guaranteed win and quite a good investment.
If you were hoping that a little bit of falling space station, would put some spice in your life, you’re out of luck this time. All that you can do is cross your fingers that the re-entry of the International Space Station is completely uncontrolled, and you’ll have to wait until around 2028.
Clayton Black, a gold medal Olympic Omnium winner of 1956 and Senior at Bainbridge High School, gave his opinion on the subject.
“Alright you simpletons, let’s start from the beginning with something you might be able to wrap your tiny heads around. It all started in the Triassic period. In the wake of the Permian Extinction, the first true mammals came to exist on Earth. Far from the vast diversity of mammals we know today, most of these animals resembled shrews or mice. I’ll save you the time of catching up on the theory of evolution, but in the end, the proto-mammals become the humans you and I know today. Somewhere along the way these humans populated the entire planet, developing different culture and societies, one of which being the famous Chinese. Alright, enough Lib talk, let’s get to the real facts. China thinks they’re hot stuff. Wow. You thought you could fool us with that global warming hoax Ha. I laugh at you Mao. Hahaha. Now this satellite! You can’t fool the Americans Mao you really blew it this time. My compatriots, we will beat Kim Jong Eal at his own game. Everyone! I know where the big thing is going to land. Folks, it’s as clear as day. Everyone gather in the wagon wheel! QUICK! GET THERE BEFORE IT LANDS! Everybody get ready to catch this thing and dissect it to reverse engineer the Chinese technology and defeat Ho Chi Minh once and for all. To battle Americans! Rise up with me, your humble servant and assistant of Sir Don Tee! We will construct a giant baseball glove made of American Longhorn leather and catch that big thing coming down from the heavens! Yup, that’s what we will do! Who’s in?” See everyone? It’s clear to the naked eye that Clayton Black is an authority we can all trust and learn from. He is also blatantly up to date on all of the current events and it’s obvious that he reads the news.