One more Satellite coming down

Rosat. Credit: NASA

If in the case of UARS, the NASA satellite, the probability of one of the fragments  survive re-entry into Earth's atmosphere to reach a person was one in 3,200. In the case of ROSAT, the chance-though equally remote - increase to one in 2000  .

The difference lies mainly in how the German equipment was built, it can withstand reentry into Earth's atmosphere. The German space agency estimates that
some 30 fragments eventually may reach the planet.

Similar to what we experienced on September 24, only in the hours immediately preceding the fall will be possible to make predictions about the hours and places of impact.

ROSAT, the Röntgen Satellite, was an X-ray observatory developed through a cooperative program between Germany, the United States, and the United Kingdom. The satellite was proposed by the Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik (MPE) and designed, built and operated in Germany. It was launched by the United States on June 1, 1990. The mission ended after almost nine years, on February 12, 1999.


  1. Good grief, Charlie Brown...
    Who wrote the first three paragraphs? You can barely follow the meaning of the sentences. German translation problem, maybe?

  2. We sorry for the 3 paragraphs

    Charlie Brown