NASA says defunct satellite appears to have fallen over the Pacific Ocean

September 24, 2011Miami — Pieces of a defunct satellite that plummeted to Earth have settled, NASA said Saturday morning. The space agency said the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite “is down,” according to the space agency’s Twitter page. NASA said debris fell to Earth between 11:23 p.m. ET Friday and 1:09 a.m. ET Saturday, but it was not immediately clear where the pieces may have landed. NASA said the satellite pierced through the atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean, but the exact time and location were not known. About two dozen pieces of the satellite were expected to survive the crash through the Earth’s atmosphere. Late Friday night, NASA predicted satellite parts would pass “over Canada and Africa, as well as vast areas of the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian oceans.” FAA: Pilots watch for falling satellite “The risk to public safety is very remote,” NASA said. The 26 pieces expected to survive the descent — made of stainless steel, titanium and beryllium that won’t burn — ranged from about 10 pounds to hundreds of pounds, according to NASA. “The U.S. is very safe from (the satellite) … its final orbit did not cross the United States,” the space agency tweeted early Saturday. But reports of suspected sightings emerged from San Antonio, Texas, where a TV photographer caught images of bright objects darting rapidly in the night sky, and from Hawaii, where Robert Jeffcoat saw what he believed were two chunks from the satellite. Jeffcoat was running errands when the first flying object left a thick, white trail that lingered in the sky for about 20 minutes, he said. A second object followed the same path and was “massive,” he said. “It’s was like a comet, but smoke,” he said. “I’m guessing it landed in the ocean, the way it was going.” Mark Matney of NASA’s Orbital Debris team in Houston said before space rubbish fell that there was no way to know exactly where the pieces would come down. –CNN
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8 Responses to NASA says defunct satellite appears to have fallen over the Pacific Ocean

  1. PansPermia says:

    All I will say at this time without having evidence to back up my theories is: NASA = Never A Straight Answer…….. (too the public that is.)


  2. mike says:

    i read that it is possible that it contains toxic plutonium!!


  3. Tcrale says:

    Hmm… Could this be that supposed “blue star”?


  4. luisport says:

    After UARS, a *second* dead satellite is headed earthward – and it has a greater risk of injury

    Full Story from New Scientist:

    Even if NASA’s 6-tonne UARS satellite does not cause any injury or damage when it re-enters the Earth’s atmosphere today, there is more space junk headed our way next month. A defunct German space telescope called ROSAT is set to hit the planet at the end of October – and it even is more likely than UARS to cause injury or damage in populated areas.

    No one yet knows where UARS (Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite) will fall to earth. Although most of the craft’s mass will be reduced to an incandescent plasma, some 532 kilograms of it in 26 pieces are forecast to survive – including a 150-kilogram instrument mounting.


  5. Russell says:

    OK I’m supposed to believe NASA doesn’t know where their defunct ozone sniffer landed?
    Yeah right, the faultless space agency that tracks ALL space junk won’t come clean. I’m sick of paying for their lies.


  6. Yasmine says:

    I am so sorry guys I don’t buy any of this falling satellite rubbish stuff at all, ‘and they don’t know where it crushed’ oh please save me the insult NASA!

    I have two ideas!

    Our planet according to NASA is littered with
    their rubbish and they need to clean it up? So where and how Will they do that I wonder??

    Secondly we are getting more comets fall in our planet and they need to forsake mass histeria as from what I can see the civilised advanced human has become a drama queen in their sleeping boxes!


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