Disabled NASA satellite weighing 300 pounds will crash into Earth tonight

The satellite was decommissioned by NASA in 2018. It is due to fall back to Earth on Wednesday, but the agency does not know where exactly.

NASA assures him, there is little (bad) chance that this out of order satellite risks falling on someone . Specifically, there is a 1 in 2500 chance that the falling spaceship could kill someone. “ The risk of harm to anyone is … one in 2,467 ”.

The American space agency has indicated that the 272.155 kg satellite must enter the Earth’s atmosphere around 9:30 p.m. on the American east coast (this night on the European side). Its entry could be noticed since the device should catch fire.

However, specialists cannot know where exactly the object will fall.

The Reuven Ramaty High Energy Solar Spectroscopic Imager (RHESSI) was sent by NASA in 2002 to study solar flares in X-rays. Its presence in space was used in particular to understand how bursts of energy are created.

The RHESSI satellite also allowed a great advance in the capture of gamma-ray and X-ray images. Indeed, before that, no high-energy images had been taken of solar flares.

The satellite was taken out of service five years ago after NASA lost communication with their device. The previous satellite crash in the South Pacific in 2020 posed no major threat to our planet or its people.

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