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20 October 2011

Where will the ROSAT Satellite debris fall?

Object Description:
Type: ROSAT Satellite
Int'l Designation: 1990 049A
Launched: 01 JUN 1990 @ 21:48 UTC
Site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station LC-17A
Mission: Röntgen X-ray observatory

Reentry Prediction:
Predicted Reentry Time: 23 OCT 2011 @ 06:40 UTC ± 30 hours
Prediction Epoch: 18 OCT 2011 @ 04:06:59.998 UTC
Prediction Ground Track:

For clarity, ground track plot is limited to ± 6 hours

Yellow Icon - location of object at predicted reentry time
Orange Line - area of visibility at the predicted reentry time for a ground observer
Blue Line - ground track uncertainty prior to predicted reentry time (ticks at 5-minute intervals)
Yellow Line - ground track uncertainty after predicted reentry time (ticks at 5-minute intervals)
White Line - day/night divider at predicted reentry time (Sun location shown by White Icon)
Note: Possible reentry locations lie anywhere along the blue and yellow ground track.

- Aerospace Corporation