NASA’s 38-year-old retired satellite is about to fall from the sky.
NASA said Friday that the chance of the debris landing on anyone was “extremely low.” Most of the 5,400-pound satellite will burn up during re-entry, according to NASA. But some parts are expected to survive.
The space agency estimates the odds of being injured by falling debris are about 1 in 9,400.
Located in California Aerospace Corporation, but it will be celebrated on Monday morning, give or take 13 hours, along a path that passes over Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and the westernmost regions of North and South America.
The Earth Radiation Budget Satellite, known as ERBS, was launched in 1984 aboard the Challenger spacecraft. Although it had an estimated life of two years, the satellite continued to make ozone and other atmospheric measurements until it was decommissioned in 2005. The satellite studied how the Earth absorbs and radiates solar energy.
The satellite received a special flight from Challenger. America’s first woman in space, Sally Ride, launched a satellite into orbit using the shuttle’s robotic arm. The same mission also featured the first spacewalk of an American woman, Kathryn Sullivan. It was the first time that two female astronauts had flown together in space.
It was the second and final space flight for Ride, who died in 2012.