The California-based Aerospace Corporation, a non-profit group that works with the USA government, said Tiangong-1's re-entry was unlikely to be controlled but it was highly unlikely to hit people or damage property, according to a post on its website last updated on Jan 3.
In its latest report, the Aerospace Corporation identified northern China, central Italy, northern Spain, the Middle East, New Zealand, Tasmania, South America, southern Africa and northern states in the U.S.as regions with higher chances.
Chinese space station launched in 2011 year.
Space enthusiasts have been watching out for the Tiangong-1 re-entry for some time now.
China's Tiangong-1 space station is hurtling through Earth's atmosphere, on a death dive to end its 7-year journey in space.
While most of it will burn up during re-entry, around 10 to 40 per cent of the satellite is expected to survive as debris, and some parts may contain risky hydrazine. For your safety, do not touch any debris you may find on the ground nor inhale vapors it may emit, ' said a warning from Aerospace Corporation's Center for Orbital and Reentry Debris Studies (CORDS).
'It is only in the final week or so that we are going to be able to start speaking about it with more confidence, ' said Dr McDowell.
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"At this point, we can't tell where Tiangong-1 will land".
However, Aerospace insisted the chance of debris hitting anyone living in these nations was tiny. There may be hazardous material on board that could survive re-entry, it said.
It is hard to predict the location of the crash due to a number of reasons, yet all space agencies have been informed to take precautions and measures required to counter any effect of hydrazine if in case some amount of it survives Earth's atmosphere and fall on the surface.
'Only one person has ever been recorded as being hit by a piece of space debris and, fortunately, she was not injured'.
While the Chinese space station was a symbol of innovation and achievement for the country, some mistakes as to how long the station would last caused the space station to spiral out of control, and it will soon come crashing down to Earth.
The craft is now at an altitude of less than 300 kilometres (186 miles) in an orbit that is decaying, forcing it to make an uncontrolled re-entry. At no time will a precise time/location prediction from ESA be possible.
'Even shortly before re-entry, only a very large time and geographical window can be estimated'.
In any case, he said, his agency was coordinating closely with global peers and they have asked China how much hydrazine was left in the spacecraft.
But owing to the station's mass and construction materials, there is a possibility that some portions of it will survive and reach the surface.
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