Dead NASA Satellite Crashes to Earth

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According to the U.S. military, a dead NASA spacecraft crashed to Earth Wednesday night (April 19) over northern Africa.

Dead NASA Spacecraft

According to NASA, the RHESSI satellite returned to Earth's atmosphere at 8:21 p.m. EDT on Wednesday (00:21 GMT on April 20).

RHESSI Satellite

NASA officials released an update today (April 20).


"The Department of Defense confirmed that the 660-pound spacecraft re-entered the atmosphere over the Sahara Desert region."

Sahara Desert Region

"At approximately 26 degrees longitude and 21.3 degrees latitude," they said. 


Astrophysicist and satellite tracker Jonathan McDowell noticed this morning through Twitter that the fall is located close to the Sudan-Egypt border.

McDowell Said

When it crashed, RHESSI was traveling to the northeast, continued McDowell.

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