Falling NASA Satellite Earth Strike Delayed

I tried to check Yahoo! News to check the latest update about the expected "crashing down" of NASA's dead climate satellite only to discover that it has been delayed. A few days ago, NASA's Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite confirmed that the satellite is expected to collide with the Earth on Friday 11 p.m. and Saturday 3 a.m. EDT. Orbital debris experts reported it will pass over the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans at that time, as well as Canada, Africa and Australia, although most of the satellite should burn up during re-entry. (Photo on left courtesy of space.com)

I didn't check what was the cause of the delay but Jonathan McDowell of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics confirmed that the satellite "doesn't want to come down...the best guess is that it will still splash in the ocean, just because there's more ocean out there."

Quoting from Yahoo! News: "The Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite, or UARS, will be the biggest NASA spacecraft to crash back to Earth, uncontrolled, since the post-Apollo 75-ton Skylab space station and the more than 10-ton Pegasus 2 satellite, both in 1979."

Although experts confirmed that public won't be at risk with the expected crash down of this 6-ton Satellite, I believe that still we should be watchful and careful!


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