Skip to comments.NASA: Huge Defunct Satellite Will Fall to Earth This Week
Posted on 09/20/2011 3:51:51 PM PDT by LucyT
A dead climate satellite that has been circling Earth for 20 years will make a fiery death plunge this week, with some pieces of the 6 1/2 ton spacecraft expected to reach the surface of the planet, NASA officials say.
The bus-size Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite, or UARS, will likely plummet down to Earth sometime around Friday (Sept. 23), according to NASA's latest projections.
There is a 1-in-3,200 chance that UARS debris could hit a person, though NASA considers that scenario extremely remote.
"Re-entry is expected Sept. 23, plus or minus a day," NASA officials wrote in an update posted Sunday (Sept. 18). That means that by Saturday (Sept. 24), the UARS satellite should slam into Earth's atmosphere and break apart.
(Excerpt) Read more at space.com ...
To track satellite:
After you have downloaded program, then click
Save to screen saver, and desktop shortcut
After it appears on your screen,
Look in list on right and select/ click UARS
Then - in the top right side is a little button, click to open a window to decide what to do with screensaver.
It is minimized on my computer at the moment. Fun stuff.
Could it be arranged to fall on Al Gore’s palace?
Thanks, Lucy. Taking four grandchildren camping Friday for three days. If it looks like Rushmore Shadows Campground is in the “kill zone”, please send me an urgent message.
I’ll make sure that we all don my Calphalon pots on our heads. I would hate to have our hotdogs and s’mores disrupted.
Boy, wouldn’t it be hilarious if it landed right the **** on...
They are probably deliberately de-orbiting that bird while they still can, just to be sure there is no hard evidence, before the whole AGW fraud is exposed and the prosecutions begin.
The odds of being hit by lightening are 1 in 1,000,000 in a given year and lightening is going on somewhere on a daily basis. Add to that the earth is 70% water and only 28% of the remaining 30% total land mass is populated and I'm thinking those odds are off. More phony panic being created?
Just thinking out loud and ducking for cover as it comes down....
With all the moozlum “outreach” at NASA maybe some moozlums can “catch” it for us.
Good idea! I’m thinking the Gaza Strip might be a good landing zone?
The current FR betting pool has these places listed where the satellite might land.
The White Hut
Al Gore’s house (either of them)
The Breck Hair Girl’s house
UN Buildings in NYC or Geneva
Any other suggestions?
“Could it be arranged to fall on Al Gores palace?”
That and the WH and the Capitol building.
Thanks, Lucy, for the ping.
Hmm...Mecca or the UN...
The UN or Mecca...
Tough, tough call.
Produces coin: heads, UN; tails, Mecca.
Your list sounds great to me. You did leave out the capitol building, but I believe everyone is on their way home on Fridays so sadly it will be empty.
Speaking for myself, the Breck Hair Girls house is in the past since he will be going to the slammer.
This 1 in 3,200 is the chance that out of 6+ billion people, someone will get hit by debris, the odds that there will be at least one person. By comparison, the odds that at least one person on Earth will be struck by lightning are almost 100% - the chance that no one at all will get struck in the next year are 0%.
The math for this would be 1 - the chance of an individual getting hit (say, 1 - 0.00000000005 = .99999999995), taken to the power of the number of people on Earth (and remember that when fractions less than 1 are multiplied together, they move towards 0), then that value subtracted from 1.
“Tough, tough call.
“Produces coin: heads, UN; tails, Mecca.”
That indeed is a tough call. If the coin said Mecca, it is Mecca as called.
I remember when Skylab was falling. It passed over the US 16 times each day. I assume likewise for this satellite.
It’s too much to hope for, but the sheer deliciousness of their heads exploding, if that idiotic black rock took two in the hat, is just so tantalizing. If only it could be. I’m sure they’d try to retaliate against NASA or something, but still. The Muslim outrage/lunacy would be the best entertainment going.
Unlikely, that thing is out of fuel and out of control, from what I've read. It is gonna come down wherever gravity and drag say for it to. I'm OK if it lands on Obamalamadingdong's head.
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