German Satellite Crash
October 20, 2011 by staff
German Satellite Crash, A German satellite the size of a car is expected to reenter Earth’s atmosphere during the weekend, officials said Wednesday, adding he had no idea where the fragments are likely to land.
X-ray observatory, called ROSAT, is expected to return to Earth between 22 and 23, traveling at a speed of about 28,000 kilometers (17,000 miles) per hour, the German Aerospace Center (DLR), said in a statement .
DLR has been the bank to return the country between October 20 and 25, but said it could be a little more accurate than the satellite is coming.
However, the debris could come two days before or after the time currently expected, the DLR, said.
“This space-time uncertainty decreases as we approach the date of re-entry,” he said.
According to recent estimates, up to 30 individual pieces with a total weight of 1.7 tonnes could reach the surface of the Earth.
“The single largest piece will probably be the mirror of the telescope, which is highly resistant to heat,” the center said.
However, statistically speaking, there is very little danger to humans from space debris, experts said. The remains are almost certain to fall into the sea or on a piece of uninhabited land.
Last month, a satellite the size of a bus that plunged the U.S. unpredictable to Earth across North Africa and the Atlantic before plunging into the Pacific Ocean off California, NASA said.
There were no comments or reliable evidence of the damage that the six-ton ??satellite, superior Atmospheric Research (UARS) fell from the sky.
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