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Falling satellite expected to hit Earth within days

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The Goce satellite is expected to come crashing to Earth by Sunday. (Source: CNN) The Goce satellite is expected to come crashing to Earth by Sunday. (Source: CNN)

(CNN) – Scientists say a more than one-ton satellite will come crashing into Earth's atmosphere in the next few days.

The European Space Agency launched the Goce satellite in 2009 to chart the Earth's gravitational field.

At 17 feet long and weighing 2,400 pounds, experts are keeping a close eye on Goce to see where it will come down.

According to the New York Times, the satellite is expected to break up in the heat of re-entry. But leftover fragments, some predicted to weigh as much as 200 pounds, could pose a serious danger.

The European Space Agency says the satellite should re-enter the atmosphere Sunday, possibly early Monday.

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