I learned recently that the Tiangong—an unmanned Chinese space station weighing 19,000 pounds—is careening around out in space and will likely come down to earth sometime between now and March. The Chinese lost control of the station two years ago.
It’s unclear exactly when it will plummet to earth, and even more unclear where. Scientists say the drop zone will probably be between the 43 degree North and 43 degree South latitudes. That range includes every inhabited continent on our planet.
“Even shortly before reentry,” says Holger Krag, head of the European Space Agency’s Space Debris Office (wait… there’s a Space Debris Office?!), “only a very large time and geographical window can be estimated.”
So much for expecting a heads up beforehand.
Well, hell, if the Tiangong decides to pancake my house, with me in it, I just hope it finds me writing.
If I’m in the middle of journaling, drafting, researching, editing, reading, revising or freewriting, I'm in my happy place.
And what better way to go?