Missouri S&T space debris expert available to discuss Tiangong-1 space station
Newswise — ROLLA, Mo. – Space debris expert Dr. William Schonberg, professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, is available to discuss China’s Tiangong-1 space station’s imminent fall to Earth.
Schonberg has studied space debris or “space junk” for much of his academic career and was part of a U.S. National Research Council committee that issued a 2011 report on the dangers of space debris. More information on the report, titled “Limiting Future collision Risk to Spacecraft: An Assessment of NASA’s Meteoroid and Orbital Debris Programs,” is available at https://www.nap.edu/catalog/13244/limiting-future-collision-risk-to-spacecraft-an-assessment-of-nasas.
Tiangong-1, known as “Celestial Palace,” has lost touch with its engineers in China and will drop into the atmosphere without being controlled. It is likely to fall sometime on Easter Sunday.