An Out-Of-Control Space Station Will Crash Into Earth In The Next Few Weeks, So Plan Accordingly

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Tiangong-1 Space Station Crash Earth

A Long March 2F rocket carrying the country's first space laboratory module Tiangong-1 lifts off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on September 29, 2011. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

Here’s some awesome news for you. Scientists are warning those of us who live on planet Earth that China’s Tiangong-1 space station has gone out-of-control and is expected to crash into our planet at some point in the next few weeks. Bonus?! It’s likely to hit somewhere in the northern U.S. states! Those wacky scientists… they’re always full of such good news, aren’t they?

As you can see from the photos above and below, back in September of 2011, China launched its Tiangong-1 space station prototype into the atmosphere. The intention of the Tiangong-1 space station was to serve as a manned lab as well as an experiment/demonstration for the larger, multiple-module Tiangong station.

Unfortunately, after just four years in space, China revealed that they had lost control of the space station, meaning that they had no way of bringing the Tiangong-1 back with a controlled re-entry. Since then the space station has been inching closer and closer to Earth and is expected to finally impact the planet pretty much anytime now. Cool, huh?

Chinas Tiangong-1 Space Station Crash Earth

A Long March 2F rocket carries the unmanned space module "Tiangong-1" in preparations at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on September 20, 2011. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

The Aerospace Corporation has been monitoring the Tiangong-1 and has put together a very handy online cheat sheet to answer pretty much any question people might have about this situation. It contains several fascinating charts and graphs and even an FAQ section!

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