News of the WeekGAMMA RAY ASTRONOMY

Aging NASA Satellite Headed for Fiery End

Science  31 Mar 2000:
Vol. 287, Issue 5462, pp. 2393
DOI: 10.1126/science.287.5462.2393a

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Summary

NASA has decided to euthanize an ailing but still functioning satellite rather than risk a slim chance that it could spin out of control and crash in a populated area. Last week NASA described plans for a late-spring maneuver that will cause the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory to enter the atmosphere and break apart across a swath of the Pacific Ocean.