German satellite re-enters Earth's atmosphere
October 22nd, 2011
04:29 PM ET

German satellite re-enters Earth's atmosphere

[Updated 10:54 p.m. ET] A defunct satellite has entered the atmosphere, the German Aerospace Center reported Sunday morning.

"There is currently no confirmation if pieces of debris have reached Earth's surface," it said. Up to 30 pieces of space debris could hit land or water.

[Posted 4:29 p.m. ET] The earliest possible re-entry of a decommissioned German satellite into the Earth's atmosphere was pushed back to Saturday evening Eastern time, the German space agency's website said.

The agency originally had projected Saturday afternoon as the earliest re-entry for the satellite, which could include up to 30 individual pieces of debris.

As of 4 p.m. ET Saturday, the agency's latest prediction narrowed the re-entry to a six-hour window during Saturday night.

"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 1:30 a.m. ET Sunday, the agency said.

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  1. bobcat2u

    @George Patton

    Thank you so much for that history lesson.

    October 22, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jeff Frank ( R - OHIO ) "Яight Wing Иutcase"

    Sell the solar panels back to Obama cheap.

    October 22, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jazzzzzzzz

    You don't want to come face to face with me Chrissy, trust me!
    Bah bye
    I do check in from time to time
    same old same old as I see it
    Junior High

    October 22, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. leeintulsa

    Any idea where this 1.7 ton piece of heat resistant glass is coming down, or no..?

    October 22, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Philip

    Here again, we see all these senseless Tea Partiers posting without ever saying anything at all. How old it gets!

    October 22, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      I get it.. You're talking about yourself.. Very clever, philip..

      Now, back to that satellite..

      October 22, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    Wayching the WS, the Cards are running on home, and they keep panning to GWB and DC looking rather woebegone...

    October 22, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      It's stormin' in norman. And here.. 2.3 inch hail south of here.. Reports of smashed car windows

      October 22, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. bobcat2u


    From what I read, they got the time frame narrowed down, but have no idea where. All they said is it shouldn't hit europe. So it's kind of a hit and miss situation.

    October 22, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    Hey leeintulsa.
    I just wonder why this satellite's path couldn't be predicted better...

    October 22, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      Once it hits the atmosphere, it meets resistance and its trajectory becomes more unpredictable. Out in space though, no problem.

      October 22, 2011 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©

    Hey leeintulsa.
    I just wonder why this satellite's path couldn't be predicted better...
    I mean...*anything*? Ball park? What hemisphere, at least?

    October 22, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    Hey, bobcat2u.

    October 22, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  11. bobcat2u

    Hey banasy.

    Hey, I made afunny 4 spots up. A hit and miss situation ? Get it ? huh huh Oh well. I'm getting tired here at work. I guess I'm losing it. What's that you say ? There's some nice young men in their clean white coats, and their coming to take me away, ha haaaaaa.

    October 22, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©

    We cannot have you falling asleep on *your* job...


    October 22, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bimbo the Birthday Clown

    I was going to change my screen name to Hitler for this smartass post, but I'll try to resist the urge to be anything but Bimbo.

    "und it vill hit Poland. Historically, Poland is part of the DLR"

    October 22, 2011 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Bimbo the Birthday Clown

    Speaking of German, did anyone try the "Satan's testicles" recipe from yeaterday?

    October 22, 2011 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. bobcat2u

    Thanks banasy, that what was a good wake up call. But man that was loud. lol

    October 22, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
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