China's Tiangong-1 space station is falling to Earth, but it probably won't crush you

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China's Tiangong-1 space station is hurtling through Earth's atmosphere, on a death dive to end its 7-year journey in space.

The station, which is a bit smaller than a bus, is expected to fall into Earth's atmosphere sometime between March 29 and April 9, according to new estimates put out by the European Space Agency (ESA) this week.

But we don't know where exactly it will re-enter, nor will we get any clarity on that question anytime soon.

"Since it could come down at any time in that [time] period, it could come down anywhere it passes over during that period," astronomer Jonathan McDowell said via email.

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