ROSAT: German falling satellite will not re-enter over Europe, Africa or Australia

By on Oct 23, 2011 in Africa, Archaelogy, Asia, Australia, Europe, Science, United States, World Comments

Updated: October 23, 2011 5:31 p.m.

Read ROSAT update: Falling German satellite enters Earth atmosphere

The German satellite, ROentgen SATellite (ROSAT), which is now falling back to earth, will not re-enter over Europe, Africa or Australia.

Re-entry of ROSAT, German falling satellite (Animation)
Image Credit: Analytical Graphics, Inc.

According to the latest update of German Aerospace Center on Sunday, October 23, 2011, ROSAT will re-enter earth that day with the said continents notably free of chances from the impact of the falling satellite.

As noted by the agency on its official website, the German satellite is expected to re-enter earth between 0:30 UTC (02:30 CEST) and 03:30 UTC (05:30 CEST) this Sunday.

Earlier reports revealed that ROSAT is being predicted to have a speed of 28,000 kilometers per hour when it re-enters the atmosphere, and may break into 30 pieces having a total weight of 1.7 tons.

Unlike the recent fallen NASA satellite UARS that had a 1-in-3,200 chance of hitting someone; the German satellite has a bigger chance, with the agency saying that it could be 1-in-2,000.

The ROSAT was launched on June 1, 1990 at the Cape Canaveral and mapped the universe in the X-ray range of the light spectrum until it was decommissioned in February 1999.

Meanwhile, the German Space Agency noted that bulk of the debris will impact near the ground track of the satellite but isolated fragments could fall to Earth in a 80 kilometer wide path along the track.

Since the German satellite is likely to pass between Canada and South America, FAA told that they are working with NASA and the U.S. Department of Defense to make sure that all US aircraft will receive the latest information.

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