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February 1st, 2012
German Satellite ‘Minutes from Crashing Into Beijing’

New calculations by the agency show that if the Rosat satellite had remained aloft for just seven more minutes after re-entering the earth’s atmosphere in October it would have plunged into the Chinese capital of 20 million people. Heiner Klinkrad, head of the agency’s space debris team, told German magazine Der Spiegel, adding that an impact on the city “was very much within the realm of possibility.” The satellite eventually landed, as hoped, in the Indian Ocean. Read More