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From the LA Times:
Heads up! A satellite is expected to fall to Earth sometime Sunday night or Monday morning, and scientists can't say yet where it will land.

The satellite, known as GOCE, has been circling our planet since 2009, when it was launched by the European Space Agency (ESA) to map Earth's gravity. It weighs 2,425 pounds, and its altitude has been dropping since late October, after it ran out of fuel.

GOCE is a bit bigger than a Volkswagen van, but it won't be crashing to Earth in one piece. As it continues to fall it will break apart into several pieces, most of which will burn up in our atmosphere. ESA scientists said just 20% of the original mass of the satellite will fall to the ground, in dozens of pieces, over what they called "a sizable reentry ground swath."
The rest of the article is here http://www.latimes.com/science/scien...#axzz2k7BdJJcc
& you can see where the satellite is here.
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