UARS falling update: NASA satellite not to fall in North America; re-enters Earth on Friday September 23

By on Sep 23, 2011 in Astronomy, 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, is likely not to fall in North America, with the exact re-entry time and location where it will fall remains unknown.

UARS, during STS-48 pre-deployment
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As noted by NASA on its official website on Friday, September 23, 2011, UARS is being estimated to re-enter Earth sometime during the afternoon or early evening of Sept. 23, Eastern Daylight Time.

“The satellite will not be passing over North America during that time period.” A statement reads at, noting that but predictions of its re-entry will become more refined in the next 24 hours.

As of 9:30 p.m. EDT Sept. 22, 2011, the orbit of UARS was known to be 110 miles by 115 miles (175 km by 185 km), with NASA saying earlier that it may re-enter Earth on September 23, plus or minus one day.

As reported earlier, a Paris-resident astrophotographer named Thierry Legault was said to have captured a video of the falling satellite using his 14-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope.

Although there were no previous reports of damage brought about a falling satellite, NASA is still reminding the public not to not to touch any suspected part of UARS debris, which is being expected to break into pieces as it re-enters Earth.

Latter reports revealed that the NASA satellite may fall in Canada, Africa, Australia or in big oceans, with its estimated re-entry time to be between 11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, and 3 a.m., Sept. 24 (EST).

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