UARS Update: NASA Satellite Has Landed but Impossible to Pinpoint Zone

By on Sep 25, 2011 in Announcement, Astronomy, Science, United States Comments

Conceptual  Image  of  UARS
Image Credit: nasa.gov

The UARS has finally landed, but according to the Joint Functional Component Command (JFCC-Space) NASA, it is impossible to pinpoint the zone in which the UARS debris landed. NASA released the ‘UARS Re-entry Overview’ September 24, 2011, with an earlier update about UARS entry points.

According to NASA:

‘’The precise re-entry time and location of debris impacts have not been determined. During the re-entry period, the satellite passed from the east coast of Africa over the Indian Ocean, then the Pacific Ocean, then across northern Canada, then across the northern Atlantic Ocean, to a point over West Africa. The vast majority of the orbital transit was over water, with some flight over northern Canada and West Africa. ‘’

NASA also said this about the decommissioned Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS.)

‘’Because of the satellite’s orbit, any surviving components of UARS should have landed within a zone between 57 degrees north latitude and 57 degrees south latitude. It is impossible to pinpoint just where in that zone the debris landed, but NASA estimates the debris footprint to be about 500 miles long.’

Meanwhile, according to IB Times, NASA tweeted early Saturday morning, “We can now confirm that #UARS is down!”

In addition, experts said that the UARS debris are not expected to be found. They also surmised that the debris fell down in the Pacific Ocean.



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