Satellite likely to hit in unpopulated area

2013-11-10 18:19
(Paolo Nespoli, Nasa, AP)

(Paolo Nespoli, Nasa, AP)

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Berlin - The European Space Agency says that one of its research satellites that ran out of fuel will most likely crash to Earth into the ocean or polar regions.

The agency said on Sunday the crash is expected to occur between 18:30 on Sunday and 00:30 on Monday.

It says "with a very high probability, a re-entry over Europe can be excluded".

Spokesperson Jocelyne Landeau said the satellite, GOCE, will mostly disintegrate as it comes down and "we will have only a few pieces which could be 90kg at the most."

ESA said on Friday that humans are 250 000 times more likely to win the lottery than to get hit by the debris.

GOCE was launched in 2009 to map the Earth's gravitational field.

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