Possibly—but don’t go screaming and ducking for cover, because the likelihood of pieces of a space station falling from the sky and actually causing any damage on Earth is one in a trillion. But it’s still possible, and that’s what space experts say might happen with China’s space station Tiangong-1, or “Heavenly Palace.”
Tiangong-1 was launched in 2011 as a prototype for China’s ultimate goal of building a permanent space station that would be launched into space in 2022. Although Tiangong-1 was supposed to retire two years after it was launched, China decided to keep it around in case their second prototype, Tiangong-2, didn’t make it to orbit successfully. In March of 2016, China reported that Tiangong-1 had stopped functioning. Although there have been mixed responses as to whether China’s space agency has control over Tiangong-1’s ultimate demise, what is known is that it’s most likely happening sometime in March. Although there is that one in a trillion chance of some of its parts falling down on Earth, what’s most likely going to happen is that Tiangong-1 will burn up upon re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere. Not to worry though—space experts are keeping a close eye on Tiangong-1.