Nightly News   |  October 21, 2011

Satellite to fall to earth this weekend

A derelict German satellite is scheduled to fall to earth this weekend. NBC’s Kate Snow reports.

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KATE SNOW, anchor: And for the second time in a month you might want to keep one eye on the sky this weekend. That's right . Another satellite is scheduled to fall to earth sometime in the next 48 hours. This one is a nearly three-ton German ROSAT . It's not quite as big as the bus-sized NASA satellite that came down in Canada at the end of September, but it is big enough to leave a trail of debris over a 50-mile area. Luckily, scientists say they think the odds of it landing in a populated area are remote.