Thursday, April 20, 2023

Low' probability of danger from an old NASA satellite falling to Earth

The Science and Educational Media Group of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute provides assistance to the Associated Press Health and Science Department.

This week, an old NASA satellite is expected to hit the ground, but experts who are monitoring the spacecraft say it is unlikely to cause any harm. The ancient science satellite known as Rhessi will dive through the climate Wednesday night, as indicated by NASA and the Protection Office.

NASA said Tuesday that the reemergence area isn't being unveiled, given waiting vulnerability over when and where it could go down. When the 660-pound (300-kilogram) satellite returns, most of it should burn up, but some parts should survive. The space organization said in an explanation the gamble of anybody on Earth being hurt by plunging satellite pieces is "low" — around 1-in-2,467.Rhessi — short for the Reuven Ramaty High Energy Sun powered Spectroscopic Imager — soared into space in 2002 to concentrate on the sun.

The satellite observed coronal mass ejections and solar flares before it was shut down in 2018 due to communication issues.

Over 100,000 solar events were recorded in high-energy X-ray and gamma-ray images.

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