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

    Bored, bored, bored. bored. Boy am I bored.

    October 22, 2011 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      Boredom can be cured. Start a fire, or something.

      October 22, 2011 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. leeintulsa

    I hear boredom comes to the boring mind.. Nothing

    October 22, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bimbo the Birthday Clown

    The Anti Amish post was an experiment by me to see how many Alt-Rock fans read the CNN blogs. But it would seem there are none. It's the lyrics to a Tool song. It is apparently an actual cookie recipe, without the hashish, of course.

    And as I said above, I'll try to resist the urge to post as anything but Bimbo.

    October 22, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    @ mary, you are so very wrong sweetie, for i would luv nothing better than to have a one on one face to face with you now! however earlier i was trying to be nice. only you would twist it in2 something else. figures you would run from that. u are an idiot

    October 22, 2011 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bobcat2u

    But then I have to put it out.

    October 22, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      But you wouldn't be bored. You'd have something to do.

      October 22, 2011 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bobcat2u

    Boredom also comes from listening to boring comments. Nothing personal. lol

    October 22, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Bimbo the Birthday Clown

    It occurs to me that I don't actually know any of you. I think I have a pretty good idea of your personalities, but in fact I don't know you. So just watch, bobcat will start a fire and burn down the building. The police will go through the computer activity and discover that I made that sarcastic suggestion. They'll subpoena CNN's records, trace it to me, and I'll get arrested. Nice. And now the legal disclaimer.


    Thank you.

    October 22, 2011 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. bobcat2u


    Too late. It's already out of control.

    October 22, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bimbo the Birthday Clown

    @ Bobcat. Oh well. Not my fault re-disclaimer. And now, off I go. My daughter's done her homework and wants to play Minecraft.

    October 22, 2011 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bobcat2u

    See if I take your advice again. This didn't work out to well. lol

    October 22, 2011 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Shannon


    October 22, 2011 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat2u

      How fast was it going ?

      October 22, 2011 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©

    Wow...I leave for a few minutes and BtBC is telling bobcat to start a fire...dayum, Bimbo, what do you do with your kids when they're bored? Teach them how to make pipe bombs? Lmao!

    October 22, 2011 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    Are you hoping to have something to do if it comes your way?

    October 22, 2011 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    @ fake joey @ 84l, why dont post under your own name philip? say what u got to say it dont phase me a bit. you are one mentally screwed up individual!

    October 22, 2011 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
  15. bobcat2u


    Yeah, DUCK

    October 23, 2011 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
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