Skip to comments.7-ton NASA satellite set to fall
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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“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’.”
I know where I’d like to see it land!
Skylab under Carter, and now UARS under Obama. What is it with DemocRAT Presidents and valuable space assets being discarded?
“There’ll be plenty of Skylab for everyone!”
Please ping me in time to put my helmet on.
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.
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?"
I wonder how you spell the equivalent of FUD in Cyrillic?
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.
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?
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
Drop it on Mecca.
Why don’t we take the shuttle up and fix it ?
First came the “Summer of Recovery”
Now 0bamao brings us the “Fall of UARS”
Kind of a metaphor for the decline of NASA generally.
The $750 million mission measured the concentrations and distribution of gases important to ozone depletion, climate change and other atmospheric phenomena.
Timing is suspious, given the comet elinen. Just saying.
I don't want to fix it if it will be used to churn out more liberal propaganda.
“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.
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.
Did Hansen get his defective data from this POS? Maybe he should “catch” it!
” 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.
I sure do hope the golf courses are safe...!!
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...).
Thanks for the history lesson. Amazing, this resource FR.
A Skylab in every pot.
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.
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.
...................Read the WSJ today and youll 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!
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?
5 yards and loss of down
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.
Here’s the link to the Jolis article:
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.
Any way to insure it hits on the inlaws home, oh never mind.