NASA Denies RHESSI Satellite Fell Over Kiev, Says Device Still in Orbit

This illustration provided by NASA depicts the RHESSI (Reuven Ramaty High Energy Solar Spectroscopic Imager) solar observation satellite. The defunct science satellite will plummet through the atmosphere Wednesday night, April 19, 2023, according to NASA and the Defense Department. Experts tracking the spacecraft say chances are low it will pose any danger. InternationalIndiaAfricaCOLORADO SPRINGS (Sputnik) – Following the reports that NASA’s satellite fell in Ukraine, Rob Margetta, NASA’s public affairs officer, told Sputnik that the agency’s RHESSI satellite remains in orbit, and that no other objects reentered the atmosphere. “We are tracking a NASA satellite called RHESSI that is expected to reenter Earth’s orbit tonight. However, that satellite remains in orbit at this time,” Margetta said. “NASA and the Department of Defense continue to track RHESSI. No other NASA satellite reentered the atmosphere earlier today.” Earlier on Wednesday, the head of the Kiev city military administration, Serhiy Popko, said that the flash in the sky over Kiev was the result of a NASA space satellite falling to Earth. Science & TechDead 300-Kilogram NASA Satellite Set to Plummet Toward Earth03:48 GMTA bright flash of unknown origin was seen in the sky late Wednesday over Kiev and the region, as local media reported explosions in the sky and published a video of the fall of a luminous object. A few minutes after reports of “UFOs,” an air raid alert was declared in the region. The head of the office of President Vladimir Zelensky, Andriy Yermak, said that the mysterious flash in the sky over Kiev was the result of the work of Ukrainian air defense, but soon deleted the message.


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