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

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Andrea Gini is a scientific journalist and a professional of the space industry, working as a contractor on ISS Payload Safety. He is the Editor-in-chief of the Space Safety Magazine. Andrea is also Chairman of the Information and Communication Committee of the International Association for Advancement in Space Safety (IAASS), publisher of the Space Safety Magazine, and he is responsible for the communication strategy of the association, Andrea holds a BSc and an MSc in computer science from the University of Milano, a Master in scientific journalism from the International School for Advanced Studies of Trieste and a MSc in Space Studies from the International Space University.