German Satellite Will Come Crashing to Earth This Weekend
Will you be watching the sky this weekend as the second of 28 satellites scheduled to fall from the sky over the next five years crashes to the earth?
Less than a month from a US satellite crashing to the earth, and a second one is due to fall this weekend.
Rosat a German satellite is due to hit the earth on either the 22nd or 23rd of October, and unlike the American satellite scientists have been as yet unable to pinpoint the arrival point of the space junk.
Rosat a 2.4 ton space x-ray observatory is said to be roughly the size of a large car, and while like the previous satellite it is expected that the vessel will break up upon hitting the atmosphere, the odds of being hit by some of the junk is more likely. The chances of being hit is 1 in 2000, whereas before the chances were 1 in 3200.
Don’t be too worried however, the only reason for the increased odds are due to the lack of information about where the junk will fall, and scientists feel certain that the impact will be sea based. Needless to say the world will be watching and waiting to see what happens, and even if we do survive unscathed, what will be in place to stop the other 26 satellites due to crash to earth over the next 5 years from hitting someone.