After Tiangong-1, an Indian missile is expected to hit Indonesian territory


KOMPAS.com – Last Monday (February 4, 2018), China's Tiangong-1 space station crashed to Earth. The 8.5-ton space debris landed in the Pacific Ocean after crossing the Atlantic, Africa and Asia.

However, did you know that besides Tiangong-1, there is other space debris ready to return to Earth?

“(There is) other space debris ready to fall or re-enter today,” Marufin Sudibyo, an amateur astronomer, said in a short message to Kompas.com on Tuesday (04/03/2018).

The debris is part of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket developed by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).

Also read: Get to know Point Nemo, which almost became the final resting place of Tiangong-1

“Especially the top stage rocket,” Marufin said.

“(This rocket) was launched in 2012,” he continued.

Now that we know what space debris will end up on Earth, the next question is: Where will this object end up?

Marufin said there was a possibility the missile would hit Indonesia.

“The estimated re-entry location is between Southeast Sulawesi and East Nusa Tenggara according to this prediction map,” he stressed.

Although it is temporarily predicted that the object will fall into Indonesian territory, Marufin stressed that uncertainty remains.

“Uncertainty remains for up to 4 hours,” he concluded.

According to the website Aerospace.org, this space debris will return to Earth on Tuesday (04/03/2018). Exactly at 20.49 WIB.

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