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7-ton NASA satellite set to fall
http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com ^ | 09-07-2011 | By Alan Boyle

Posted on 09/07/2011 12:09:55 PM PDT by Red Badger

NASA says a defunct seven-ton satellite is due to re-enter the atmosphere — with the potential to rain debris upon Earth.

The Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite, or UARS, is expected to come down in late September or early October, the space agency said today in an advisory. "Although the spececraft will break into pieces during re-entry, not all of it will burn up in the atmosphere," NASA said.

The agency said it's too early to say exactly when UARS will make its final plunge, or exactly where any debris will come down. Russian news reports suggested that Moscow was "in the zone of risk," but that projection was based merely on the inclination of UARS' orbit.

"The orbital track and re-entry location are going to be more refined as the days pass," NASA spokeswoman Beth Dickey told me today.

UARS was deployed from the shuttle Discovery in 1991 to study Earth's atmosphere and its interactions with the sun. The $750 million mission measured the concentrations and distribution of gases important to ozone depletion, climate change and other atmospheric phenomena. NASA says readings from UARS provided conclusive evidence that chlorine in the atmosphere, originating from human-produced chlorofluorocarbons, is at the root of the polar ozone hole.

The satellite was decommissioned in 2005. "They had put it in a disposal orbit at that point, and that disposal orbit reduced its orbital lifetime by about 20 years," Dickey said. The satellte was initially projected to come down in the 2009-2010 time frame.

NASA says it plans to post updates about UARS' status weekly until four days before the anticipated re-entry, and then daily until about 24 hours before re-entry. Further updates would come at 12 hours, four hours and two hours before re-entry.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; Technical
KEYWORDS: nasa; nasasatellite; satellite; sourcetitlenoturl

1 posted on 09/07/2011 12:09:56 PM PDT by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger

“The zone of risk.” I really like that phrase.

“So, where do you folks live?”

“Ah, we live about 20 blocks north of ‘the zone of risk’.”


2 posted on 09/07/2011 12:13:39 PM PDT by RexBeach
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To: Red Badger

I know where I’d like to see it land!


3 posted on 09/07/2011 12:13:51 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Red Badger

Skylab under Carter, and now UARS under Obama. What is it with DemocRAT Presidents and valuable space assets being discarded?


4 posted on 09/07/2011 12:14:55 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: COBOL2Java

“There’ll be plenty of Skylab for everyone!”


5 posted on 09/07/2011 12:17:08 PM PDT by RexBeach
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To: Red Badger

Please ping me in time to put my helmet on.


6 posted on 09/07/2011 12:19:33 PM PDT by Graewoulf ( obamatrauma"care" violates the 1890 Sherman Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Red Badger
The NASA page where they will post the updates is at:

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/uars/index.html

7 posted on 09/07/2011 12:20:04 PM PDT by ZGuy
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To: Red Badger
Russian news reports suggested that Moscow was "in the zone of risk," but that projection was based merely on the inclination of UARS' orbit.

The "sone of risk" is probably the entire earth between 57°N and 57°S, but the Russian news report pumped up the warning to Moscow.

8 posted on 09/07/2011 12:25:00 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Due to the earthquake the president has officially implemented Rule 18-1.)
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To: Red Badger
Moscow is in the zone of risk.

If Moscow is in the zone of risk, then the entire populated area of the earth is in this zone of risk. Except maybe for those scientists living in Antarctica. The thing to recall is that STS 107 Columbia broke up over reasonably populated areas of Texas and did not hurt anyone on the ground. The zone of risk is currently a huge target.

"Do you feel lucky?"

9 posted on 09/07/2011 12:28:40 PM PDT by tpmintx (The people who work for a living are outnumbered by those who VOTE for a living.)
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To: KarlInOhio

I wonder how you spell the equivalent of FUD in Cyrillic?


10 posted on 09/07/2011 12:30:42 PM PDT by Fixit (One Term Too Many)
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To: RexBeach
I remember when Skylab was going to come down, a couple of guys in Spokane did this...

An ad hoc Spokane, Wash., group called the Skylab Self-Defense Society hung a 15-ft. bull's-eye on the side of a downtown office building and suggested, "Make Spokane the target for Skylab's landing. If you give the Government a target to shoot at, it's bound to miss. That is our greatest protection."-TIME Magazine, July 16, 1979

I remember that banner. It said "Official U.S. Government Skylab Target" in red above a big, red bullseye. They also sold t-shirts and posters. I bought a poster (heck, it was only a buck) and brought it with me to Maine that summer. I put it outside the bunkhouse where my cousins and I slept.

Hey...it worked. No pieces of Skylab came down in either Spokane OR Maine.

11 posted on 09/07/2011 12:31:08 PM PDT by hoagy62 ("Polls are for strippers and cross-country skiers”~Sarah Louise Palin)
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To: Red Badger
The satellite was decommissioned in 2005. "They had put it in a disposal orbit at that point, and that disposal orbit reduced its orbital lifetime by about 20 years," Dickey said.

If they were able to do that, why were they not able to deorbit the thing at that time and dump any surviving debris in the Pacific or wherever else might be appropriate?

12 posted on 09/07/2011 12:33:03 PM PDT by cynwoody
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To: hoagy62

Ah, those were the days!

“Hey, is that the sun up there?”

“I don’t know. I’m a stranger in town!”

-Larry, Moe and Curly


13 posted on 09/07/2011 12:37:13 PM PDT by RexBeach
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To: RexBeach; ZGuy; Graewoulf; COBOL2Java; tpmintx; SWAMPSNIPER; KarlInOhio

14 posted on 09/07/2011 12:37:34 PM PDT by Red Badger ("Treason doth never prosper.... What's the reason? Why if it prosper, none dare call it treason.")
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To: Red Badger

Drop it on Mecca.


15 posted on 09/07/2011 12:37:59 PM PDT by Iron Munro (Muslims who advocate, support, or carry out Jihad give the other 1% a bad name)
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To: Red Badger
Prepare to be hit by a giant flaming hunk of your tax dollars. Yay we're doomed!
16 posted on 09/07/2011 12:40:11 PM PDT by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: Red Badger

Why don’t we take the shuttle up and fix it ?


17 posted on 09/07/2011 12:41:34 PM PDT by al baby (Is that old windbag still on the air ?)
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To: COBOL2Java

First came the “Summer of Recovery”

Now 0bamao brings us the “Fall of UARS”

Kind of a metaphor for the decline of NASA generally.


18 posted on 09/07/2011 12:45:48 PM PDT by repentant_pundit (Maybe THIS summer will finally be the "Summer of Recovery")
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To: COBOL2Java
This was (decommissioned 2005) not a "valuable space asset." It was literally a leftist propaganda machine.

The $750 million mission measured the concentrations and distribution of gases important to ozone depletion, climate change and other atmospheric phenomena.

19 posted on 09/07/2011 12:47:24 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: al baby

Timing is suspious, given the comet elinen. Just saying.


20 posted on 09/07/2011 12:47:34 PM PDT by CJ Wolf (I like it that FR still spell checks "obama")
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To: al baby
NASA says readings from UARS provided conclusive evidence that chlorine in the atmosphere, originating from human-produced chlorofluorocarbons, is at the root of the polar ozone hole.

I don't want to fix it if it will be used to churn out more liberal propaganda.

21 posted on 09/07/2011 12:49:38 PM PDT by Drawsing (The fool shows his annoyance at once. The prudent man overlooks an insult. (Proverbs 12:16))
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To: Red Badger

“UARS was deployed from the shuttle Discovery in 1991 to study Earth’s atmosphere and its interactions with the sun.”

That’s why it’s coming down. Don’t want to prove anyone
wrong about global warming.


22 posted on 09/07/2011 12:54:28 PM PDT by Slambat (The right to keep and bear arms. Anything one man can carry, drive or pull.)
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To: buccaneer81

This was (decommissioned 2005) not a “valuable space asset.”

“It was literally a leftist propaganda machine.
The $750 million mission measured the concentrations and distribution of gases important to ozone depletion, climate change and other atmospheric phenomena.”

And it BACKFIRED!

Read the WSJ today and you’ll find in the Opinion section a piece that highlights the results of partical physicists experiements linking cosmic radiation intensity and global temperature.

I mean, who would have thought that solar activity and planet temperatures would ever have been linked?

The scientist, for fear of being decapitated professionally, have all but concluded that solar wind and global temps are linked. They did cloud formation experiments using a cloud chamber and a partical accelerator at CERN.

It’s literally funny to read about it.

I’ll wager this $750M piece of crap was actually disproving their theory and got switched from ‘on’ to ‘off’. Science is a bitch that way, experiments proving and disproving theories, and the nasty way that experiments need to be repeatable.


23 posted on 09/07/2011 12:57:12 PM PDT by RinaseaofDs (Does beheading qualify as 'breaking my back', in the Jeffersonian sense of the expression?)
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To: Red Badger

Did Hansen get his defective data from this POS? Maybe he should “catch” it!


24 posted on 09/07/2011 12:57:49 PM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all......)
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To: Red Badger

” NASA says readings from UARS provided conclusive evidence that chlorine in the atmosphere, originating from human-produced chlorofluorocarbons, is at the root of the polar ozone hole.”

Of course, that was found not to be true since we banned CFLs that Ozone Hole is still there. The ozone hole issue was nothing more than a scam for money just as the global warming hoax.


25 posted on 09/07/2011 12:59:21 PM PDT by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: Red Badger

I sure do hope the golf courses are safe...!!


26 posted on 09/07/2011 1:05:16 PM PDT by Brad’s Gramma (Mr B has a new cousin on the way!)
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To: RinaseaofDs

IIRC, under the reign of Bush41, DuPont’s patent for Freon was expiring, and NASA just happened to need an excuse to justify more funding, or maintain existing levels, so the three colluding on this aspect.

Bush gets to look like an environmentalist (not that it did him any good), DuPont gets to shut out the generic freon competition, with its new coolant, and NASA (and its contractors) keep the money train rolling on yet another questionable project. (And the Algorsat project wasn’t yet on the boards...).


27 posted on 09/07/2011 1:10:30 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: Calvin Locke

Thanks for the history lesson. Amazing, this resource FR.


28 posted on 09/07/2011 1:15:15 PM PDT by RinaseaofDs (Does beheading qualify as 'breaking my back', in the Jeffersonian sense of the expression?)
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To: RexBeach

A Skylab in every pot.


29 posted on 09/07/2011 1:33:36 PM PDT by 353FMG (Liberalism is Satan's handiwork.)
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To: Red Badger

Someone please explain how it will re-enter the atmosphere. Has it entered previuously? Actually, I don’t need anyone to answer. I’m just being a smart alec. My wife said she would like the debris to fall on my 1985 station wagon that’s parked in the driveway.


30 posted on 09/07/2011 1:48:28 PM PDT by KingLudd
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To: RexBeach

“The zone of risk.” I really like that phrase.

“So, where do you folks live?”

“Ah, we live about 20 blocks north of ‘the zone of risk’.”

That’s near to the Circle of Trust and the Cone of Silence.


31 posted on 09/07/2011 1:54:54 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (Time to move forward not to the center.)
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To: RinaseaofDs

...................Read the WSJ today and you’ll find in the Opinion section a piece that highlights the results of partical physicists experiements linking cosmic radiation intensity and global temperature.......................

I wanted to post this piece, but I can’t do links.

Can you?, as this magnificent article takes out algore and all the manmade global BS. Article needs it’s own thread.

Just destroys their crap, using the CERN particle physics lab to prove that cosmic rays interact with our atmosphere to form seed clouds, which then controls how much direct sunlight finally hits earth.

Sell short anything that algore has invested it!


32 posted on 09/07/2011 2:42:09 PM PDT by Noob1999
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To: KarlInOhio; Drawsing
The "sone of risk" is probably the entire earth between 57°N and 57°S, but the Russian news report pumped up the warning to Moscow.

NASA says readings from UARS provided conclusive evidence that chlorine in the atmosphere, originating from human-produced chlorofluorocarbons, is at the root of the polar ozone hole.

?

I may not be a rocket scientist, but how did they measure polar ozone with a satellite that did not travel over the polar region?

33 posted on 09/07/2011 2:45:55 PM PDT by Species8472 (There is no distinctly native American criminal class...save Congress)
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To: Species8472
sone = Zone

5 yards and loss of down

34 posted on 09/07/2011 2:48:43 PM PDT by Species8472 (There is no distinctly native American criminal class...save Congress)
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To: Red Badger

Missing the high manic swing of manic-depressive disorder, and of other delusionals, for example like Obama, like Bill Clinton, like so many charlatans, Rasputin, peaking performance artists like whats-her-name who died a few weeks back! Or the pseudo-peak that coke and speed heads experience. Kind of a biased graph.


35 posted on 09/07/2011 2:51:41 PM PDT by bvw
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To: Noob1999

Hi Noob!

Here’s the link to the Jolis article:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111904537404576554750502443800.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEADTop

It’s stunning in how damning it is of the entire AGW mess. Physicist have a repeatable experiement linking solar wind to cloud formation. It is massive.


36 posted on 09/07/2011 3:06:40 PM PDT by RinaseaofDs (Does beheading qualify as 'breaking my back', in the Jeffersonian sense of the expression?)
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To: Red Badger

Sooo,
Any way to insure it hits on the inlaws home, oh never mind.


37 posted on 09/07/2011 3:39:30 PM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) Obammy is little more than a quota boy with a teleprompter)
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