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Don't get hit by satellite UARS!!

Better wear a hard hat on Friday then :rofl:

A defunct NASA science satellite is expected to fall back to Earth on Friday ( 23rd Sept 2011), showering debris somewhere on the planet although scientists cannot predict exactly where, officials said.

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The 6.5-ton Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite, or UARS, was carried into orbit during a space shuttle mission in 1991. It operated for 14 years, collecting measurements of ozone and other chemicals in the atmosphere.

Since completing its mission in 2005, UARS has been slowly losing altitude, tugged by Earth's gravity. On Friday, the 35-foot-long, 15-foot diameter (10.6-metres long, 4.5-metres diameter) satellite is expected to plunge into the atmosphere, NASA reported on its website.

While most of the spacecraft will be incinerated, scientists expect up to 26 pieces, with a combined mass of about 1,100 pounds (500kg) to survive the fiery re-entry and fall down somewhere on Earth.

The satellite's orbit passes over most of the planet, from as far north as northern Canada to the southern part of South America.

NASA said the chance a piece of UARS debris will strike a person is about one in 3,200. The debris will mostly likely fall into an ocean or land in an uninhabited region of Earth.

Satellites as large as UARS re-enter Earth's atmosphere about once a year.

NASA said there have been no reports of any deaths or injuries to people from falling debris.

The largest chunk of wreckage from UARS is expected to be about 331 pounds (151kg), says Nicholas Johnson, chief scientist of NASA's Orbital Debris Program office at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

As of Sunday, UARS was in a 133-mile by 149-mile (215-km by 240-km) high orbit around Earth. Re-entry is expected some time on Friday, although it could happen as early as Thursday or as late as Saturday.

The agency is posting updates on its website, http://www.nasa.gov/uars.

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I saw a very bright Satellite the other evening.. i wonder if it was that one?


The largest chunk of wreckage from UARS is expected to be about 331 pounds (151kg)


151kg?... thats like 2 of me, falling at terminal velocity.

I dont think a tin hat will do much good... Concrete bunker 5ft underground may do the trick though...


Better get digging. :)

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Some chap has made a video of it here

UARS satellite: New images of tumbling US spacecraft

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That's nothing

http://www.n2yo.com/?s=21701

Just zoom out a bit .

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Channel Hopper wrote:That's nothing

http://www.n2yo.com/?s=21701

Just zoom out a bit .


That site is pretty cool! - bookmarked!

I wish air travel was that quick!!!

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Channel Hopper wrote:That's nothing

http://www.n2yo.com/?s=21701

Just zoom out a bit .


"server is too busy"

Everyone is watching it now :D :D

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Scott Nelson wrote:Hopefully, it will smash into the Houses of Parliament :rolleyes:


Awww no. That's a nice historical building. :D :D


Now where's Blair's house? Oh I remember..... Jerusalem

Still cant' access the satellite tracking site

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Channel Hopper wrote:Try this one instead

http://www.heavens-above.com/orbit.aspx ... t=0&tz=cet


Doesn't look like it updates very often. But at least the flightpath isn't over my house :rofl:

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Miss Smeggy and I were just laughing about one of the bits of the Satellite landing in the garden smouldering and the dogs going out and barking at it becuase it's invaded their territory :howl:

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Scott Nelson wrote:Earlier on, I jokingly told somebody on Facebook that the satellite is going to smash into her home town. The stupid bitch believed me and freaked out! :jester:


ROFL :D :D


eta: I just found your thread!!! hee hee!!!

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phew! :)


It's just flown over Scotland and is entering Russia right now. The image above updates itself btw

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does she think they'll fancy a bit of straight after a few beers? :D:D

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It is down........................but nobody knows where yet. Bit like Where's Wally innit?

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John lee Pettimore wrote:It is down


If you say so, the nutjobs know better.

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phew! :)


Headed for the Chatsworth Estate?? lmao!!

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You can almost taste the disappointment that it never landed on an Orphanage or Old peoples home .... :rofl:

It appears likely the decommissioned craft came down between 03:23 and 05:09 GMT - with a best estimate of 04:16.

If correct, this means any debris that survived to the surface probably went into water and not on land.


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