An old NASA satellite is expected to fall to Earth this week, but experts tracking the spacecraft say it is unlikely to pose a threat.
The defunct science satellite, known as Recy, will plunge into the atmosphere Wednesday night, according to NASA and the Department of Defense.
NASA said Tuesday it was not disclosing the location of re-entry, given when and where it might go down. Most of the 660-pound (300-kg) satellite should burn up upon return, but some parts are expected to survive.
The space agency said in a statement that the risk of anyone on Earth being harmed by falling satellite fragments is “low” — about 1-in-2,467.
RESSI – short for Raven Remati High Energy Solar Spectroscopic Imager – rocketed into orbit in 2002 to study the Sun.
Before being shut down in 2018 due to communication problems, the satellite observed solar flares as well as coronal mass ejections from the Sun. It captured images in high-energy X-rays and gamma rays, recording more than 100,000 solar events.
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