The Sky is Falling!

via NASA: Huge Defunct Satellite Will Fall to Earth This Week | Falling NASA Satellite, Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite | Space Junk & Orbital Debris | Space.com.

A dead climate satellite that has been circling Earth for 20 years will make a fiery death plunge this week, with some pieces of the 6 1/2 ton spacecraft expected to reach the surface of the planet, NASA officials say.

The dead satellite orbits at an inclination of 57degrees, which means it crosses every continent except Antarctica.  But since oceans cover most of the planet, experts say that’s probable where it will land.

The bus-size Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite, or UARS, will likely plummet down to Earth sometime around Friday (Sept. 23), according to NASA’s latest projections. There is a 1-in-3,200 chance that UARS debris could hit a person, though NASA considers that scenario extremely remote.

 

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