Weekend Forecast, Raining ROSAT Parts

Well it’s that time for us all to slip on our hard-hats again this weekend. NASA reports that the defunct german ROSAT satellite will be entering the earth’s atmosphere sometime during Oct 22-23rd. No exact determination on where these parts will land as NASA won’t know exactly the satellite entry trajectory until about 2-3 hours before actual entry. Greeaaat!

On a plus side the ROSAT satellite is smaller than the previous falling-satellite UARS, which was about the size of a school bus. However, ROSAT is still expected to dump a debris trail about 50-miles long across the Earth’s surface.

Odds are now being placed for a 1-2000 chance that someone on earth will be getting hit in the ass with a piece of titanium. Feeling lucky?

Original Source: Space.com


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