Liuzhou Laowai

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Beware of Falling Objects

Tiangong – 1

当心落物 – Beware of Falling Objects

The world is watching for signs of being hit on the head by the out of control Chinese space station, Tiangong 1 due to crash land somewhere on our planet this weekend. From what I’ve read, scientists are unsure how much of the thing will burn up on re-entry and no one knows where any debris may land.

But don’t think that when it is all over, that you can relax. Back in January, a village near Baise in Guangxi was hit by a discarded booster stage from a Chinese rocket landed in a massive fireball. Amazingly there were no casualties.

The booster came from a rocket fired from the nearby Xichang Satellite Launch Center (西昌卫星发射中心) in Sichuan. This place has a reputation. In 1996,  several people were killed when a launch failed and the rocket crashed into Xichang town. Official figures say 6 were killed and dozens injured, although the  death rate is disputed, with townsfolk believing it was considerably higher.

We actually had a lucky escape just three days ago, when another rocket was launched from the same site. It managed to go off without incident.

So, if you are venturing out today, carry an umbrella! (Actually, Tiangong is likely to re-enter sometime during the night China time so perhaps sleep under the bed.)

. This entry was posted on Saturday, March 31st, 2018 at 10:04 am and is filed under China News, Falling Down Holes, Guangxi News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Beware of Falling Objects”

  1. David Says:

    Seems the most likely impact zone will be between 30 degrees north and 30 degrees south with north the more likely sometime around April 1st and hopefully into the sea .
    I’ve dusted off dads old air raid warden helmet and was wondering if the CNSA is likely to be paying anything for the empties ….

  2. Liuzhou Laowai Says:

    Well 30ºN to 30ºS is a huge area. One sixth of the planet.

    And April 1st is tonight!

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