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Falling junk satellite manages not to kill anyone

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UARS (UPPER ATMOSPHERE RESEARCH SATELLITE) hit the Earth's atmosphere Sept. 24. ROSAT, the German satellite, is expected to hit Earth this weekend.

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German space junk plummeting to the earth's surface has plopped safely into the Bay of Bengal, not a packed metropolis in China as scientists briefly feared.

According to the Associated Press, a defunct satellite has likely landed somewhere in the large sea between India and Thailand. 

Most of the satellite likely burned up in the earth's atmosphere though nearly two tons worth of fragments were on a trajectory that could have crashed into the large Chinese cities Chongqing or Chengdu.

But that didn't happen. Still, according to the Taiwan News, scientists still aren't exactly sure where the space junk landed.