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Memories – 20 years – Runaway Rocket to crash land


Limerick is on the plummeting flight path of a runaway Chinese spy satellite - due to crash land in the next few weeks.

And should the Chinese craft land in the Mid-West it could be a matter of “Pennies from Heaven” for the owner of the crash site. 

The Chinese spy satellite FSW1, which was launched in October was only supposed to be aloft for a few days but an error by its controllers means the two ton hunk of metal has been skimming the earth for over two years.

Intended to only to orbit the earth for a few days, the probe was launched by its controllers at the wrong time, giving it an elliptical orbit which has seen it circling at between 100 miles and 2,000 miles above us. 

Scientists have known that FSW1 will return to earth eventually but are unable to predict the date of its return.

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