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Message Subject ROSAT RE-ENTRY-Another falling satellite!
Poster Handle Annie Matter
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...."However, the German-made satellite was described as containing ceramic and glass particles and scientific experts are worried that it is too heavy to burn up completely upon entering earth's atmosphere.



Speigel Online International reported that Germany is trying to find out how to deal with this concern.

Since the final target is not possible to forecast, no one can tell if the decommissioned x-ray research satellite will crash into a densely populated place. The German satellite was described as containing ceramic and glass particles and scientific experts are worried that it is too heavy to burn up completely upon entering earth's atmosphere.

Rosat is said to be 370 kilometers in the sky and carries a speed of 400 kilometers per hour and may cause a substantial amount of damage.

The German Aerospace Center (DLR) has issued a warning against any mass panic, according to the Speigel.



Until now, nobody knows the exact place where it will land although the German Space Agency announced that the Rontgensatellit or ROSAT is lighter than the NASA's UARS and weighs only approximately two and a half tons.

Rosat was launched in 1990 and decommissioned after 8 years. It has no more fuel left so there is no way that its path can be controlled.

German officials are looking into the possibility of shooting the satellite down to prevent any danger to human beings.
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[link to au.ibtimes.com]

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