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

    Or I could yell DUCK, and everyone would ask where.
    Wow. Now I know I'm getting tired. Talk about a lame DUCK.
    Someone help me, I can't stop myself. Ahhhhhh

    October 23, 2011 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    @ bobcat you know the ones that count and i gotta say i was real impressed when you caught on so quick earlier. 🙂

    October 23, 2011 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
  3. Shannon

    @bobcat2u Not sure...but it was sure moving fast. It was there for about 1 second then dissapeared in the sky

    October 23, 2011 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
  4. s kel

    Damn germans bombing us again with those v1, v2 rockets again, lol

    October 23, 2011 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
  5. s kel

    Is adolph hilter doing this again?

    October 23, 2011 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
  6. bobcat2u

    Yeah, he had me going for a bit, but then he slipped up and used his trademark word. Pharmaceutical. He's the only one on here who has that obsession.
    That was some pretty heated words you were having Jazzzz earlier. You go girl.

    October 23, 2011 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
  7. bobcat2u

    @s kel
    It's always us damn Germans. All the time got to be starting something. We do like our Buzz bongs, er bombs. lol

    October 23, 2011 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
  8. Bimbo the Birthday Clown


    October 23, 2011 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
  9. Bimbo the Birthday Clown

    I took German in High school. I won an award. One of the highlights of my life.


    It means "and no eggs". It also means "and no testicles". It's the same word in German. Cool, huh?


    October 23, 2011 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
  10. bobcat2u

    Yeah that is pretty cool.
    But now my friends, it ifinally time for me to go home and get some sleep.
    So I will bid one and all, guten nacht. Did I spell that right Bimbo. It's been a long time.
    Talk to you guys in the morning.

    October 23, 2011 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      Close. Guter nacht. If it was evening, you would say guten abend.


      October 23, 2011 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
  11. Bimbo the Birthday Clown

    Well it looks like everyone else is asleep. You're mostly in the Eastern time zone, and I'm mountain. Oh well. Maybe I can finish the other half of that bottle of rum before my wife gets home from work. Or I can rake the leaves. But it's dark......


    October 23, 2011 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
  12. Bimbo the Birthday Clown

    Last post. Watching CNN on TV. Why is Alexandre Steele dressed like a sl^t? She doesn't have the body for it.

    October 23, 2011 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
  13. Bimbo the Birthday Clown

    I forgot. UND KEINE EIER.

    October 23, 2011 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
  14. s kel

    Sorry Dusk till Dawn 3 is on. Stupid but good western vampire movie.

    October 23, 2011 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
  15. raven

    Bimbo, I love Tool but thatsong gives me the willies. In fact, I always thinka like a legion of evil robot clowns when I hear the music to it. Seen Tool 3 times and named my dog Maynard. Love Perfect Circle, too .

    October 23, 2011 at 5:06 am | Report abuse |
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