NASA satellite UARS in space to fall on Earth this September or October

By on Sep 10, 2011 in Astronomy, Science, United States, World Comments

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is reminding the public that their Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) is now falling back to Earth.



NASA satellite UARS
Image Credit: NASA.gov

As announced by NASA on its official website on Thursday, September 8, 2011, UARS is being expected to re-enter Earth’s atmosphere late this month or in the early part of October this year.

According to the report, the satellite will break into pieces during its re-entry and not all of it will be burned in the atmosphere. UARS has ended its productive scientific life nearly six years ago.

NASA noted that public safety or property is still their major concern, which they claim the risk here is very small and emphasized that no confirmed incidents related to falling satellites have been reported so far.

The exact date and place of UARS fall is not yet known but NASA said they are closely monitoring its activity and will keep on releasing updates regularly as days go by.

Nevertheless, NASA revealed that of Sept. 8, 2011, UARS is orbiting at 245 km by 275 km (152 miles by 171 miles) with an inclination angle of 57 degrees to the equator.

With this, NASA is estimating that UARS debris will land within a zone between 57 degrees north latitude and 57 degrees south latitude.

The space agency noted that it is not possible to identify the exact area of the UARS landing, but its debris footprint is being estimated to be about 500 miles long.

Meanwhile, NASA reminded the public not to touch any suspected part of UARS debris, but rather to immediately contact respective local police for assistance.

Latter reports revealed that NASA estimated the re-entry of UARS to Earth could be on Friday, September 23, plus or minus one day.



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