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Satellite pieces may hit Earth on weekend
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Satellite pieces may hit Earth on weekend

Undated artist rendering provided by EADS Astrium shows the scientific satellite Rosat. (AP)

BERLIN: The German Aerospace Center says pieces of a retired German satellite hurtling toward the atmosphere may crash to earth this weekend.

Scientists on Thursday were able to hone their initial estimate of when the satellite would hit from a span of four days, to either Saturday or Sunday.

Parts of the satellite, which is the size of a minivan, will burn up during reentry but up to 30 fragments weighing a total of 1.87 tons (1.7 metric tons) could crash into the Earth with a speed of up to 280 mph (450 kph).

The satellite orbits the Earth every 90 minutes and scientists can only say that it could hit Earth anywhere along its path, between 53-degrees north and 53-degrees south — a vast swath of territory that includes much of the planet outside the poles.
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Let us hope that there wont be any casualities /damage to property..:fear:
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Hope so............... Smile, There was a same case two months back, and the sat debris were fell somewhere near Canada...
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Here is the latest update....

Northern Thailand appears to be where debris from the Rosat research satellite has scattered – that’s according to a report just released by NASA. Rosat fell out of orbit yesterday (23 October), after orbiting outer space for 21 years.

NASA's Spaceweather.com has issued a statement, which says the US Strategic Command has released an updated set of final orbital elements for Rosat.

"Using these latest figures, German satellite decay expert Harro Zimmer estimates that the massive X-ray observatory re-entered Earth's atmosphere on 23 Oct at 01:56 UTC +/- 09. Best-fit coordinates (21.33°N, 100.32°E) suggest a re-entry over Northern Thailand," said NASA.

The re-entry would have taken just 15 minutes, according to reports circulating on the web.

Rosat was a joint project run by Germany, with UK and US involvement. Weighing 2,400kg, it launched from Cape Canaveral on 1 June 1990.

Rosat carried a German-built imaging X-ray telescope (XRT) with three focal plane instruments: two German Position Sensitive Proportional Counters (PSPC) and the US-supplied High Resolution Imager.

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