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Observatory Satellite Comes Back to Earth

May 03, 2003|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A 3,086-pound Dutch-Italian satellite splashed into the Pacific Ocean seven years after being sent into space.

The BeppoSAX satellite reentered Earth's atmosphere at 2:57 p.m. PDT on Tuesday. It fell in the equatorial Pacific about 186 miles northwest of the Galapagos Islands. The Earth-orbiting X-ray observatory is best known for its discovery of 50 gamma-ray bursts, explosions more powerful than anything known since the big bang.

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