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October 23, 2011

Yet Another Satellite Ready to Fall to Earth

A month earlier, the UARS Satellite made an unexpected trip back to Earth. Another satellite plans to join the club, as the satellite Rosat is yet another object ready to fall down to Earth. Like UARS, nobody knows how or where it will fall, but scientists proclaimed that it will hit the ground on Sunday anywhere on Earth. The satellite was shut down in February of 1999 and has been descending ever since. The calculated amount of mass the satellite will bring to Earth is around 1.6 tons of materials and is not expected to burn when entering the atmosphere.

Full article: http://www.theatlanticwire.com/technology/2011/10/another-satellite-plummeting-toward-earth/44006/

Posted by duymo at October 23, 2011 12:54 AM


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