UARS falling time revealed, NASA satellite may fall in Canada, Africa, Australia or in big oceans

By on Sep 24, 2011 in Astronomy, Australia, North America, Science, United States, World Comments

Updated: September 24, 2011 4:38 p.m.

Read UARS update: NASA falling satellite enters Earth over Canada, Africa, and Pacific Ocean

The Upper Atmosphere Research (UARS), NASA’s falling satellite, which is currently approaching Earth, with its estimated falling time now revealed as well as where it could possibly fall.

UARS falling time NASA satellite

NASA’s Upper Atmosphere Research (UARS)
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Image Credit: Space.com

As noted by NASA on its official website on Friday, September 23, 2011, UARS is being estimated to re-enter Earth between 11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, and 3 a.m., Sept. 24, Eastern Daylight Time.

“During that time period, the satellite will be passing over Canada, Africa and Australia, as well as vast areas of the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian oceans.” NASA wrote on its website on late Friday.

As of 7 p.m. EDT on Sept. 23, 2011, the orbit of UARS was known to be 90 miles by 95 miles (145 km by 150 km), with NASA emphasizing that the risk to public safety is very remote.

NASA has forecast a 1-in-3,200 risk that debris from the satellite could hurt someone but the public is being advised not to touch any any suspected part of UARS debris.

Earlier, NASA said that the 6-ton falling satellite is unlikely to hit North America or United States and is being expected to break into about 26 pieces as it re-enters Earth.

NASA also noted that UARS‘orientation or configuration apparently changed which made it slower as it approaches back to Earth, with about 330 pounds as the heaviest debris to hit the planet.



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