Chinese Space Station could Crash in Michigan This Weekend

Michigan’s Governor is activating the state’s emergency operations center as a dying Chinese space station tumbles back to Earth. Most debris should burn up during re-entry, but some pieces, highly toxic, could hit the state.

Gov. Rick Snyder is activating Michigan’s Emergency Operations Center to monitor a falling Chinese space station that could possibly hit portions of the state.

China apparently lost control of Tiangong-1, an 8.5-ton space station the size of a school bus.

It is making an uncontrolled re-entry to Earth.

Experts believe most of the station will burn up in the atmosphere.

But pieces of it could smash anywhere within a strip of land that includes Michigan’s southern Lower Peninsula.

They predict it will most likely hit over the weekend.

Homeland Security officials in Michigan say they have protocols in place to respond to any damage.

But researchers estimate the odds of being hit by a portion of the space station’s remains are only one in 1 trillion.

Only one person has EVER reported being hit by space debris, a piece that glanced off their shoulder.

The real danger could be if a person discovers any of the station debris on the ground.

It could contain a compound called hydrazine, which is highly toxic.


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    Quinn Klinefelter is a Senior News Editor at 101.9 WDET. In 1996, he was literally on top of the news when he interviewed then-Senator Bob Dole about his presidential campaign and stepped on his feet.