China's space station expected to hit Earth soon
A space station launched by China – which it reportedly lost track of – is expected plummet to Earth on or near April Fool’s Day.
The Tiangong-1 stopped responding to China’s commands 2016, according to Space.com. Scientists have since anticipated the space station returning to Earth as a manmade meteorite, but are unsure where it will land.
In recent months, scientists have had a better approximation of where the station may land. Scientists say the Tiangong-1 is currently spinning around Earth at 17,500 mph, which amounts to a trip around the planet every 90 minutes.
As the station descends closer to Earth and gains momentum, the thicker air will cause friction to surround the craft in superheated plasma.