ROSAT update: German satellite fell over Bay of Bengal

By on Oct 25, 2011 in Asia, Astronomy, Science Comments

ROentgen SATellite (ROSAT), the doomed German satellite that returned to Earth’s atmosphere last Sunday, October 23, fell over the Bay of Bengal, between India and Myanmar.



German satellite ROSAT (Artist’s sketch)
Image Credit: heasarc.nasa.gov

According to the latest update by the German Aerospace Center on Tuesday, October 25, 2011, ROSAT fell over the Bay of Bengal at 1:50 a.m. GMT (03:50 CEST) on Sunday.

As noted by the German space agency on its official website, it is not known whether any parts of the satellite reached Earth’s surface but noted earlier that it will not reach Europe, Africa or Australia.

The German satellite 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.

The ROSAT was predicted to break into 30 pieces weighing a total of 1.7 tons, and had a chance of 1-in-2,500 chance of hitting someone, a bit higher than the UARS that had 1-in-3,000 chance.



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