Saturday, September 24, 2011

UARS NASA satellite breaks up in plunge to Earth... but where? - 24th Sept 2011

2 hours ago: NASA announced "we are still waiting for UARS done! confirmation. If debris fell on land (and that's a still a BIG if), Canada is most likely area.

44 Minutes ago: We can confirm that UARS is down! Debris fell to Earth between 11:23 p.m. EDT Friday Sept 23, and 1:09 a.m. Sept. 24.

11 Minutes ago: UARS Update; Satellite confirmed to have penetrated the atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean. Precise time and Location not yet Known.

Note; How can they not know the Time and Location? have they not been tracking it?

Report on Reuters:

A six-tones NASA science satellite plunged through the atmosphere early on Saturday, breaking up and possibly scattering debris in Canada, NASA said.

There were reports on Twitter of debris falling over Okotoks, a town south of Calgary in western Canada, most likely the remains of the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite, or UARS, which had been in orbit for 20 years.

Scientists were unable to pinpoint the exact time and place where UARS would return to Earth due to the satellite's unpredictable tumbles as it plowed through the upper atmosphere. Re-entry was believed to have occurred between 11:45 p.m. EDT on Friday and 12:45 a.m. EDT on Saturday. Read More