The European Space Agency estimates that a 40-metric-ton satellite will run out of fuel in mid-October 2013 and then hurl back to Earth in an uncontrolled descent from an orbital height of about 139 miles (224 kilometers). The ESA cautioned that, while most of the satellite will disintegrate in the atmosphere, several parts might reach Earth’s surface. Exactly when and where the space junk debris will crash cannot yet be predicted, but the affected area will be narrowed down by ESA scientists closer to the time of re-entry. Re-entry is expected to happen about three weeks after the fuel is depleted. More at Brevard Times.
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