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NASA's UARS Satellite to Hit Earth Today (September 23, 2011)




New Delhi, 22 September 2011: NASA's UARS (Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite) is expected to re-enter Earth's atmosphere on September 23.

The UARS satellite falls back to earth after completing its six years service in the outer space.

As per a NASA press release, the satellite will break into pieces during re-entry, not all of it will burn up in the atmosphere.

The latest update given by NASA is as follows

As of 7 a.m. EDT Sept. 22, 2011, the orbit of UARS was 115 mi by 120 mi (185 km by 195 km). Re-entry is expected sometime during the afternoon of Sept. 23, Eastern Daylight Time. The satellite will not be passing over North America during that time period.

According to BBC  there remains a possibility for the debris of the satellite to land in populated region.

UARS could land anywhere between 57 degrees north and 57 degrees south of the equator - most of the populated world.

Click the link to view latest updates by NASA on this issue (external link)

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