1.6 ton telescope from ROSAT to reach ground level intact?

From: Marco Langbroek (marco.langbroek@wanadoo.nl)
Date: Thu Oct 20 2011 - 16:16:59 UTC

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    J. Kelly Beaty posted something on the Meteorite mailinglist today, pointing to 
    a piece he just wrote for Sky & Telescope:
    
    http://www.skyandtelescope.com/news/132109883.html
    
    He says (see also link above) that DLR & ESA officials have told him that they 
    expect the (1.6 tons!) telescope mirror assembly that is part of ROSAT, to 
    actually impact *intact*.
    
    As Kelly Beaty said in his mail to the Meteorite list: "think 'Mini Cooper' 
    falling from the sky and you get the general idea".
    
    - Marco
    
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