An 8.5 ton space station launched by China in 2011 is headed back toward earth, and no one is behind the wheel, so to speak. Tiangong-1, the first Chinese space station, is predicted by The Aerospace Corporation, to follow a potential path that means any debris that survives reentry, could possibly crash into southern lower Michigan, presuming the space station enters uncontrolled, with no thrusting.
The thin "higher probability" zone seen shaded in yellow above also includes areas northern China, central Italy, northern Spain, the Middle East, New Zealand, Tasmania, South America and southern Africa, MLive reports.
Two years ago, on March 21st 2016, Xinhuanet reported data service with the space station had ceased. However,later the agency reported anticipated reentry dates but did not specify whether it would remain uncontrolled. Aerospace says that projection was December 8th 2017.
Aerospace projects April 3rd, with a two-week margin of error, one on either side of the projected date, for reentry. The European Space Agency also predicts reentry in that time frame, giving a slightly expanded window of March 24th and April 19th.
No Children On Bus That Struck Car Tuesday Afternoon
Updated at 9:45pm 3/6/18 - Posted by Durand Now at 7:33pm 3/6/18
Tipsters made us aware of a school bus vs. car crash on Tuesday afternoon. Durand Superintendent Craig McCrumb told Durand Now that it was a Shiawassee RESD bus, not a Durand bus, and that there were no kids on board.
Sheriff BeGole was able to confirm that the bus was traveling eastbound on Lansing Road when a car also traveling eastbound on Newburg Road pulled in front of the bus. The crash caused minor damage to both vehicles and there were no injuries. He also affirmed there were no students on the bus.
We've reached out to Shiawassee RESD for additional information.