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

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

The Upper Atmosphere Research (UARS), NASA‘s falling satellite, has entered back to Earth but the exact re-entry time and location were not specifically known.

NASA’s Upper Atmosphere Research (UARS)
(Artist’s concept)

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As noted by NASA on its official website on Saturday, September 24, 2011, UARS entered Earth between 11:23 p.m. EDT Friday, Sept. 23 and 1:09 a.m. EDT Sept. 24.

“The satellite was passing eastward over Canada and Africa as well as vast portions of the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian oceans during that period.” NASA wrote on its website on early Saturday.

“The Joint Space Operations Center at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California said the satellite penetrated the atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean.” NASA added.

This is accordance with their earlier re-entry time prediction, with the estimated location included Canada, Africa and Australia, as well as vast areas of the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian oceans.

NASA, which posted the same news on their official Twitter account, noted earlier that UARS orbit did not cross the United States, which means that US is very much safe from satellite debris.

Earlier, NASA said that the 6-ton falling satellite is being expected to break into about 26 pieces as it re-enters Earth, with the largest UARS debris to weigh about 330 pounds.

As of this writing, there were no reports on UARS debris being found anywhere with NASA reminding the public not to touch anything suspected like one although the risk is very remote.

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