When you were a kid, what did you imagine the future would involve?
Space travel probably featured pretty highly, while your outlook was probably more optimistic than ‘the robots will take over’.
Well tough shit, it’s the future now, and it’s worse than you could have possibly imagined.
Not only are robots coming to take your job, livelihood and general satisfaction with the world, but that exciting spaceship you dreamt about is going to come crashing down, just like your hopes and dreams.
As reported by the Guardian, China’s first space station, Tiangong-1, will come crashing down to earth in a matter of weeks.
The unmanned space station was launched into orbit in 2011, and has long outlasted its planned deorbit date of 2013.
Now it’s headed back to earth, and the paper reports that scientists are unsure (a) how much debris will break into our atmosphere and (b) where it will reenter.
This is fine, and not at all terrifying. Probably.
According to aerospace.org, Tiangong-1 will re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere on or around 3 April – perhaps even sooner, based on an assumption of an ‘uncontrolled reentry’.
Aerospace has published a map detailing the most likely areas to be affected, though anywhere north of 42.7° N latitude or south of 42.7° S latitude is in the clear.
“When considering the worst-case location the probability that a specific person (i.e., you) will be struck by Tiangong-1 debris is about one million times smaller than the odds of winning the Powerball jackpot,” their statement reads.
So you’re saying there’s a chance…