An extraordinary picture of the Rosat satellite, captured by Ralf Vandebergh in June using a 10 inches (0.25m) Newtonian reflecting telescope. Rosat is a 2.5 tonnes German X-Ray telescope, launched on June 1990 by NASA. The satellite, which has been deactivated in February 12, 1999, will perform an uncontrolled reentry is expected by late October or early November.

Ralf tracks orbiting spacecraft manually,  a smaller secondary scope at a low magnification. You can follow Ralf Vandebergh’s work on his website

The German Rosat satellite, photographed trough a 10 inches telescope in June (Credits: Ralf Vandebergh).

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Andrea Gini is a content strategy consultant specialized in companies of the space sector. He is founder of Space Safety Magazine, where he held the position of Editor-in-Chief until March 2015. Between 2011 and 2013 he worked in the European Space Agency in the Independent Safety Office, which overviews the utilization of the International Space Station. He previously worked as Software Developer, IT Consultant, and trainer of Java-related technologies. Andrea holds a BSc and an MSc in computer science from the University of Milano, a Master in Communication of Science from the International School for Advanced Studies of Trieste and a MSc in Space Studies from the International Space University.