Chinese Tiangong-1 Space Station Crashing To Earth Soon

The Tiangong-1, an 8.5-ton Chinese space station, is going to crash to Earth within the next few months, reports The Guardian. Because its orbit has been decaying, a fall out of orbit must occur soon. Speaking with the UN in 2016, China said it could no longer correct the station's altitude and it'd therefore fall to Earth between October 2017 and April 2018.

Since then, the timetable has moved up due to Tiangong-1 entering Earth's atmosphere even faster, according to Harvard astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell.

There's a chance that small pieces of the station as large as 100 kilograms could remain intact, thereby hitting the ground at a high speed.

China launched the station in 2011.