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3 1/2-Ton Satellite to Fall From the Sky This Week

January 30, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

A 7,000-pound science satellite will fall from the sky this week, and NASA says a few pieces of metal could hit the Earth, although probably not in a populated area.

The space agency announced that the Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer is falling at the rate of 15 miles a day from an orbit of about 124 miles and should make a final plunge to Earth between 7 p.m. PST today and 4 a.m. Thursday.

Most of the spacecraft is expected to come apart and burn up in the atmosphere.

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