China's wayward space station is likely to fall to earth

It is unlikely to pose a threat to people

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Space analysts have determined that China's out-of-control Tiangong-1 space station will likely fall to Earth sometime between December 2017 and March 2018.

The timeline was estimated last week by a group called the Aerospace Corporation.

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Senior staffer Andrew Abraham said: "We receive orbital data from the Joint Space Operations Center... on a daily basis.

"We have been monitoring this data closely and perform re-entry calculations on a regular basis to monitor any changes in the space stations orbit or decay rate."

This model suggests that re-entry may occur slightly after the 2017 timespan that was originally at a news conference last year.

Regardless of when it happens, space experts have stated that the event is unlikely to pose a threat to people or property on earth.

One official said: "Based on our calculations and analysis, most parts of the space lab will burn up during falling."

Images from space by astronaut Andre Kuipers

Images from space by astronaut Andre Kuipers