China has lost track of a space station it launched six-and-a-half years ago, and it is expected to fall back to Earth on or near April Fool’s Day, according to reports. Space.com says the Tiangong-1 station ceased responding to China’s commands in 2016. According to the Washington Post, scientists now believe the station may end up as a 19,000-pound meteorite potentially plummeting into Spain, Portugal, France or Greece, though they only expect some fraction of that amount to actually reach the Earth.
Experts claim there is no cause for alarm, that most of the station will burn up upon reentry, and that there is only something like a one in three-hundred trillion chance that any one of us would be killed by a direct hit from the expiring space station.
It would be appropriate, kismet if you will, if the rogue Chinese space detritus fell on President Xi Jinping’s residence in Beijing. And funny, too. Especially if it occurred on April 1st. No better—or more amusing-- outcome could be imagined. President for life? April Fools!
That said, China’s Official Censor, as reported in its Official State-Run News Organization, Xinhua, said of this remark: “Marxism-Socialism not laughing matter. Bad wishes on President Xi no funny!”