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The NASA UARS – Tumbling Satellite to Impact Earth

NASA UBRS Tumbles Closer to Earth - will impact early in the evening of September 23 2011
NASA UBRS

*** UPDATE Saturday Sept 24 2011, 1:38pm EDT ***

The UARS satellite has crashed somewhere in the North Pacific Ocean, off the west Coast of the United States between the times of 11:23 p.m. EDT Friday, Sept. 23 and 1:09 a.m. EDT Sept. 24 . The exact time and place are not yet known although NASA promises to post an update when it finds out further details.

*** UPDATE Friday Sept 23 2011, 10:45pm EDT ***

NASA confirms satellite is descending and will impact Earth between 11:00 pm EDT and 3:00 am EDT (Sept 24 2011). Data is still incredibly vague. The UARS satellite will be passing over Canada, Africa and Australia, as well as vast areas of the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian oceans*** UPDATE Friday Sept 23 2011, 5:00pm EDT ***

NASA still has not released an update on the estimated impact location of the rogue UARS satellite, even though the impact time was estimated for this evening. The latest NASA update was at 10:30 a.m. EDT

The UARS satellite is likely to fall later than expected since its rate of descent has slowed. NASA indicates that this may be due to the satellite repositioning itself and possibly also a decrease in the amount of heightened solar activity that was previously accelerating the satellite’s descent by causing the thermosphere to expand. (ref.)

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