A 38-year-old NASA satellite decommissioned is poised to hit the ground.
According to NASA, the likelihood of wreckage landing on someone is “extremely minimal.”
According to NASA, most of the 2,450 kilograms (5,400 pounds) satellites will catch fire during re-entry.
However, certain components should survive.
According to the space industry, there is a 1-in-9,400 chance of being hurt by falling debris.
The Intelligence Community predicts that the science satellite will fall Sunday night, take or give 17 hours.
The Aerospace Corp. of California aims for Monday morning, given or taking 13 hours, across a trajectory that will pass over Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and the westernmost regions of both North and South America.
Earth Radiation Baseline Satellite
This same Earth Radiation Baseline Satellite, or ERBS, was launched by the spaceship Enterprise in 1984.
The satellite measured ozone and other meteorological factors despite possessing an estimated two-year functional life. It must have been retired in 2005.
The satellite measured the planet’s phone’s radiation from the sun’s emission and absorption.
The satellite had a special send-off from Challenger. The grippers of the shuttle were utilized by Sally Ride, the first woman in the history of the United States to travel into space.
Kathryn Sullivan Created History
On the same trip, Kathryn Sullivan created history by being the first American woman to walk inside space.
For the very first time, two female scientists went into orbit simultaneously.
Ride, who passed away in 2012, made it his second and last trip into space.