Saturday, October 22, 2011

Satellite, Space Junk in Fiery Crash with Earth Tonight, Video Simulation

Satellite heading towards earth tonight at 17, 328 MPH or 28,000 KPH 

Update Oct 23, 2011 Video added of satellite crashing through the Peruvian Skies.

Apparently we are two to four years away from having the technology to retrieve this space junk before it hits earth. Even when the technology is developed it will only be used in a very limited way. More than thirty tons of space junk hits the earth every year and the vast majority burns up in the atmosphere before it hits earth. When we have these massive ancient artifacts falling back to earth I think everyone will feel a bit better if we go and get them instead of leaving this to chance! 

German space officials monitored the skies early Sunday as their decommissioned satellite approached the Earth's atmosphere, bringing with it the possibility of 30 pieces of space junk landing somewhere.

One area had been cleared of any possible impact: Europe.

"The largest single fragment will probably be the telescope's mirror, which is very heat resistant and may weigh up to 1.7 tons," according to the German Aerospace Center (DLR).

The time and location of the Roentgen Satellite's (ROSAT) re-entry couldn't be forecast precisely, and officials estimated the fiery event to occur any time between 7:30 p.m. ET Saturday and 1 a.m. ET Sunday, the agency said.

"The likelihood of a person getting injured as a result of the re-entry is extremely low," the agency said.

Tariq Malik, managing editor of, told CNN Saturday night that "there is no serious contamination threat" from the satellite.

Fragments could fall to Earth in an about 50-mile-wide (or 80-kilometer-wide) path as the satellite enters the atmosphere at 17,398 miles (or about 28,000 kilometers) an hour and breaks up under extreme heat, the agency said.
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