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Watch simulation of ROSAT satellite death spiral (video)

The remains of the German satellite ROSAT are predicted to crash into Earth this weekend, including its 1.7 ton heat-resistant mirror.

If you have difficulty picturing this process, Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI) has come to the rescue. AGI has created a highly instructive visualization of the satellite’s re-entry which expertly simulates ROSAT’s current orbit, its descent, the burn-up as it clashes with the Earth’s atmosphere, the remnant debris and the debris path.

Watch here...

ANALYTICAL GRAPHICS, INC. (AGI blog)

Jason is the Washington Post’s weather editor and Capital Weather Gang's chief meteorologist. He earned a master's degree in atmospheric science, and spent 10 years as a climate change science analyst for the U.S. government. He holds the Digital Seal of Approval from the National Weather Association.

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