'Directly in its Path' German Satellite Almost Crashed into Beijing

Last October, the German research satellite Rosat plunged into the Bay of Bengal, more than 20 years after it had been launched into orbit. But had it remained aloft for just seven more minutes, it would have landed in Beijing instead, new calculations show.
Von Christian Schwägerl
The research satellite Rosat, seen here in a computerized reprodution, crashed to Earth last October.

The research satellite Rosat, seen here in a computerized reprodution, crashed to Earth last October.

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