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The Rosat satellite, World War 3 and Daily Mail plagiarism

by | 31st, January 2012

DID you know that Beijing, China, was seven minutes from destruction’ when a 2.5 ton satellite crashed to Earth at 300mph “?

Allan Hall and Katie Silver have facts in the Daily Mail :

Seven minutes saved huge areas of Beijing from destruction last year when a 2.5 ton satellite hurtled towards earth, it has been revealed.

The Roentgen Satellite (Rosat) re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere between 01:45 and 02:15 GMT on October 23, 2011.

The Chinese capital was directly in the flight path of Germany’s research satellite Rosat when it plunged into the Bay of Bengal last October, two decades after it’s launch. The consequences of chunks of the 2.5 ton satellite falling into the city would have been catastrophic; huge craters, shattered fuel lines, explosions, wrecked buildings and untold human casualties…

A commentator named”lucky Jim” adds:

That would have been 3 world wars Germany is responsible for starting.

Silver and Hall forgot the millions dead in labour camps and on battlefields. Death would have been on a massive scale.

Parts of the satellite would likely have torn deep craters into the city, may have destroyed buildings and almost certainly would have resulted in human casualties.

Almost certainly? What happened to Beijing population: 22million being wiped out?

Manfred Warhaut of the European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany, is quoted:

“Beijing lay directly in the path of its last orbit.”

Heiner Klinkrad, head of the ESA’s Space Debris team, adds:

“Our calculations showed that, if Rosat had crashed to the ground just seven to 10 minutes later, it would have hit Beijing.”

Spokesperson Bernard Von Weyhe says that if it hit one minute earlier it would have been in Siberia and one minute later in the Pacific Ocean “.

Seven minutes is a long way in space distances. Might it be that the Mail has picked the most densely populated place it missed to show how bad it could have been had it hit, thus creating death and mangled bodies from air? Or might it just be that the Mail’s two writers TWO! have read and rehashed a story from Der Spiegel, offering no accreditation?

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