News 19 April 2023
Author: Jimi Scott

Old NASA satellite due to collide with Earth this week

19 April 2023

An old NASA satellite is set to fall to Earth later this week, although scientists say it has a low chance of causing danger to human life with odds of one in 2,467.

The spacecraft known as Rhessi – aka the Reuven Ramaty High Energy Solar Spectroscopic Imager – will shoot through the atmosphere this evening, according to NASA and the US defence department.

Yesterday, they said its re-entry location is not being revealed due to uncertainty over where and when it may go down.

Weighing around 300kg, the satellite should burn up in the atmosphere, however some parts could fall to earth.

Rhessi recorded over 100,000 solar events during its usage since 2002, but was shut down in 2018 due to communication problems.

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