October 19th, 2011
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German sattelite to be hurled back at earth

ROSATBerlin: The German Aerospace Center has warned that one of its retired satellites is hurtling toward the atmosphere and pieces could crash into the earth on Friday. “Most of the satellite named ROSAT, which is about the size of a minivan, will burn up during re-entry,” said Spokesman Andreas Schuetz

Schuetz says, however, that up to 30 fragments weighing a total of 1.9 tons (1.7 metric tons) could crash onto the earth between Friday and Monday.It’s not known exactly where it will come down, beyond a broad estimate of somewhere between 53-degrees north and 53-degrees south – a vast swath of territory that includes much of the earth outside the poles. The scientific satellite was launched in 1990 and retired in 1999.


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