One of those pieces of junk is the ROSAT X-ray Observatory that launched in 1990 as a joint effort between the U.S., Germany and the United Kingdom.
Scientists say the satellite turned off in 1999 and it’s been part of the space junk inventory every since.
Now, sometime before Halloween 2011, the satellite is forecast to return to earth.
And although it’s smaller than the UARS Satellite that recently crashed into the Pacific Ocean, it’s actually expected to bring more and heavier debris down to the earth’s surface!
No one knows exactly when or where the satellite will return–it could be another nail biter down to the end like UARS was.
I’ll let you know when there’s more on this one!