German Satellite ROSAT Will Hit Earth This Weekend
A month after avoiding a deadly collision with NASAs UARS satellite, the citizens of the world have a new piece of falling space junk to worry about. The German satellite ROSAT is expected to hit earth this weekend.
And according to European Space Agency, the ROSAT satellite poses a greater risk of hitting someone on earth.
The ESA puts the odds at 1 in 2,000 that someone will be knocked on the head by a piece of the ROSAT satellite. NASA said that there was a 1 in 3,200 chance that the UARS satellite would hit someone. Fortunately, the UARS satellite crashed harmlessly into the Pacific Ocean.
Heiner Klinkrad, head of the European Space Agencys space debris office, said that despite the higher risk, the ROSAT satellite still has a relatively low chance of harming anyone.
We accept risks in everyday life that are many orders of magnitude higher than the risks we incur from reentering space objects.