Doomed German space telescope to plunge to Earth on October 23rd

October 18, 2011ROSAT DECAY UPDATE: The massive ROSAT X-ray space telescope continues to descend toward Earth. Latest estimates place the re-entry around noon Universal Time on Oct. 23rd. Uncertainties exceed 10 hours, which makes it impossible to say exactly where ROSAT will re-enter. In February 2011, it was reported that the 2,400 kg satellite was unlikely to burn up entirely while re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere due to the large amount of ceramics and glass used in construction.* Parts as heavy as 400 kg could impact the surface intact. Many sky watchers are seeing ROSAT in the night sky shining about as brightly as a 1st magnitude star. –Space Weather
*Wikipedia
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6 Responses to Doomed German space telescope to plunge to Earth on October 23rd

  1. DR says:

    Let us hope this hits the ocean. True fact: A meteorite the size of a pea left a divot 2 feet deep.

    DR

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  2. Here we go again, and once again they have no idea on where it will land. I just wonder how long it will be until one of these pieces of space junk does some real damage or injures (kills) someone.

    Maranatha

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  3. luisport says:

    BreakingNews Breaking News
    Retired German satellite is hurtling toward atmosphere, pieces could crash into the earth as early as Friday – @AP http://huff.to/o4z42l
    há 12 minutos

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  4. RainMan says:

    SpaceWeather.com
    As well as ROSAT entering earth on the 23rdOct, we have a stream of debris from Halleys comet (annual Orionid meteor shower) peaking Sat morn 22nd. Also the crescent moon, Mars and Regulus will form a triangle in the east. Nice show as long as nothing hits you. 🙂

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  5. MaRiA805 says:

    When? Where? Why?

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