October 20, 2011
German satellite to crash to Earth ‘at the weekend’
A German satellite the size of a car is expected to re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere over the weekend, officials said on Wednesday, adding they had little idea where the fragments were likely to land.
The x-ray observatory, named ROSAT, is expected to return to Earth between October 22 and 23, travelling at a speed of around 28,000 kilometres (17,000 miles) per hour, the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) said in a statement.
The DLR had previously been banking on re-entry between October 20 and 25 but said they could be slightly more accurate as the satellite nears.
Nevertheless, the space debris could arrive two days before or after the currently expected time, the DLR said. (via News 352)

German satellite to crash to Earth ‘at the weekend’

A German satellite the size of a car is expected to re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere over the weekend, officials said on Wednesday, adding they had little idea where the fragments were likely to land.

The x-ray observatory, named ROSAT, is expected to return to Earth between October 22 and 23, travelling at a speed of around 28,000 kilometres (17,000 miles) per hour, the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) said in a statement.

The DLR had previously been banking on re-entry between October 20 and 25 but said they could be slightly more accurate as the satellite nears.

Nevertheless, the space debris could arrive two days before or after the currently expected time, the DLR said. (via News 352)

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