The latest satellite en route to Earth has made its landing—trouble is, no one knows quite where it ended up. An American astrophysicist says Germany's ROSAT seems to have dropped over Southeast Asia after entering Earth's atmosphere late Saturday night. Though two major Chinese cities were in its projected path, “if it had come down over a populated area, there probably would be reports by now,” he notes. Debris may have fallen over the Indian Ocean, the Andaman Sea, or even Burma or China.
"The impact would be similar to, say, an airliner having dropped an engine,” says the scientist. “It would damage whatever it fell on, but it wouldn't have widespread consequences." (Read more ROSAT stories.)