21 September 2011

Satellite To Fall Back To Earth

Photo credit: Reuters/uk.ibtimes.com
News about a massive climate satellite falling to Earth has been circulating already. One might wonder if this is a hoax or for real. This, my friends, is a real deal.

The Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite or UARS is expected to make an uncontrolled re-entry to Earth within this week. It could be on Friday, 23 Sept. based on the latest estimate reports from NASA's orbital debris experts.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is trying its level best to figure where and when the plummeting satellite will enter Earth specifically. Pinpointing the exact place where the debris will hit is still not an exact science. However, scientists claim that the most of the debris will disintegrate, burn up or turn into smaller pieces as it enter the atmosphere. So, it is unlikely to hit someone seriously but the risk is still there.

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