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Defunct NASA satellite to crash to Earth this week (Friday)
Reuters ^ | 9/19/11 | Irene Klotz

Posted on 09/20/2011 8:22:29 AM PDT by Evil Slayer

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

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 (500 kg) 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 (151 kg), says Nicholas Johnson, chief scientist of NASA's Orbital Debris Program office at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


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KEYWORDS: nasa; researchsatellite; satellite; uars
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1 posted on 09/20/2011 8:22:31 AM PDT by Evil Slayer
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To: Evil Slayer

What goes up must come down............somewhere.........


2 posted on 09/20/2011 8:23:34 AM 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: Evil Slayer

Be funny if it crashed into Mecca.


3 posted on 09/20/2011 8:24:23 AM PDT by agere_contra ("Debt is the foundation of destruction" : Sarah Palin.)
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To: Red Badger

“Ven der rockets go up, who cares vere dey comen down, das not mine department!”, says Werner Von Braun!


4 posted on 09/20/2011 8:26:18 AM PDT by Redleg Duke ("Madison, Wisconsin is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.", L. S. Dryfus)
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To: Evil Slayer
NASA said there have been no reports of any deaths or injuries to people from falling debris.

So.....we're overdue!

5 posted on 09/20/2011 8:26:53 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi
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To: Evil Slayer


And this is what it will look like on Monday morning, wherever this debris lands...
6 posted on 09/20/2011 8:28:20 AM PDT by Spruce
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To: Evil Slayer
Since completing its mission in 2005, UARS has been slowly losing altitude, tugged by Earth's gravity

Actually, while the Earth's Gravity is what is pulling on it, the reason it is coming down is because in the low earth orbit it was placed in, there is still enough atmosphere to exert a slight drag on it, slowing it down little by little, thus lowering its orbit, until it reaches the upper levels of the "real" atmosphere, where the friction and drag will go up by several orders of magnitude. Then the FUN begins!

7 posted on 09/20/2011 8:28:47 AM PDT by Paradox (Democrats on Obama, They can't deny him, He is them.)
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To: Evil Slayer

Everyone’s forgetting about the 800 lb piece of wreckage in the room.


8 posted on 09/20/2011 8:29:54 AM PDT by agere_contra ("Debt is the foundation of destruction" : Sarah Palin.)
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To: Evil Slayer

Worst of all, its fuel source is weapons grade plutonium. GI Jane will have to retrieve it.


9 posted on 09/20/2011 8:30:16 AM PDT by edpc (Former Normalcy Bias Victim)
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To: Evil Slayer

one in 3200... I have a better chance of getting hit by a falling satellite then I have winning the lottery.


10 posted on 09/20/2011 8:30:32 AM PDT by Hatteras
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To: Evil Slayer

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

Don’t most satellites pass over most of the planet?


11 posted on 09/20/2011 8:32:43 AM PDT by lurk
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To: agere_contra

“Be funny if it crashed into Mecca.”

Be just God’s way of saying happy Rosh Hashana (Thursday and/or Friday according to my handy interfaith calendar).

Happy new year to all, I suppose.


12 posted on 09/20/2011 8:33:19 AM PDT by TheThirdRuffian (Nothing to see here. Move along.)
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To: Evil Slayer

Awh man, what now?

I was just on the phone to a guy in Piedmont, Arizona when the line went dead.


13 posted on 09/20/2011 8:33:35 AM PDT by agere_contra ("Debt is the foundation of destruction" : Sarah Palin.)
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To: agere_contra
Everyone’s forgetting about the 800 lb piece of wreckage in the room.


14 posted on 09/20/2011 8:35:10 AM PDT by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: lurk

The geostationary ones don’t, but otherwise this is a bit of an redundant statement, agreed.


15 posted on 09/20/2011 8:35:44 AM PDT by agere_contra ("Debt is the foundation of destruction" : Sarah Palin.)
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To: Redleg Duke
"Ven der rockets go up, who cares vere dey comen down, das not mine department!”, says Werner Von Braun
16 posted on 09/20/2011 8:35:47 AM PDT by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: JRios1968

LOL, LOL, a thousand times LOL. Hysterical!


17 posted on 09/20/2011 8:37:09 AM PDT by agere_contra ("Debt is the foundation of destruction" : Sarah Palin.)
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To: Evil Slayer

Maybe it will hit the White House.


18 posted on 09/20/2011 8:37:15 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: Hatteras
one in 3200... I have a better chance of getting hit by a falling satellite then I have winning the lottery.

Actually, it has a 1 in 3200 chance of hitting SOMEONE. There is a 1 in 7,000,000,000 chance that that someone is you.

So, you have a good 1 in 22,400,000,000,000 or so to actually be hit. I'd buy that ticket today.
19 posted on 09/20/2011 8:39:37 AM PDT by SpinnerWebb (In 2012 you will awaken from your HOPEnosis and have no recollection of this... "Constitution")
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To: fatnotlazy
Maybe it will hit the White House.

That's pretty much the best chance the Dems have in 2012, right there.

20 posted on 09/20/2011 8:39:58 AM PDT by agere_contra ("Debt is the foundation of destruction" : Sarah Palin.)
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To: agere_contra
Be funny if it crashed into Mecca.

Or the UN building. Bibi is suppose to address the UN that day. Hope it doesn't hit until he has given it and is safely out of the building.

21 posted on 09/20/2011 8:41:02 AM PDT by Evil Slayer (Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war)
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To: JRios1968

22 posted on 09/20/2011 8:41:40 AM PDT by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: Vaquero

Must not have gotten her salt rations that day.


23 posted on 09/20/2011 8:44:04 AM PDT by Evil Slayer (Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war)
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To: agere_contra
Be funny if it crashed into Mecca.

Now THAT would be poetic justice.

I wonder if it would cause any Muslims to start considering Christianity?

24 posted on 09/20/2011 8:45:16 AM PDT by Allegra (Hey! Stop looking at my tagline like that.)
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To: Vaquero

Which one is Moochelle again?


25 posted on 09/20/2011 8:46:13 AM PDT by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: Evil Slayer

and to think that ‘Bones’ Mccoy once dated her....


26 posted on 09/20/2011 8:46:30 AM PDT by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: Evil Slayer

Wasn’t this the greenie weenie al bore’s satellite that was suppose to prove his global warming theory? Funny how this is crashing just like he did. LOL


27 posted on 09/20/2011 8:51:58 AM PDT by Evil Slayer (Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war)
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To: SpinnerWebb

Well, that may b sorry, had to dodge another meteor. Third one this month through the roof. Can’t get meteor insurance any more.


28 posted on 09/20/2011 8:54:18 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Evil Slayer

LOL, yeah - crashing like a carbon credit.


29 posted on 09/20/2011 8:54:21 AM PDT by agere_contra ("Debt is the foundation of destruction" : Sarah Palin.)
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To: Paradox

Those whacky scientists! It’s not being pulled by gravity. It’s being PUSHED by gravity.


30 posted on 09/20/2011 8:59:29 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Evil Slayer

Here is Weekend Update correspondent John Belushi with his commentary.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAr2HkQr1YM


31 posted on 09/20/2011 9:00:20 AM PDT by Larry Lucido (I can only be series in a parallel universe.)
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To: JRios1968

that’s a terrible thing to imply about Bo the Dog.


32 posted on 09/20/2011 9:01:17 AM PDT by wbill
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To: wbill

Wrong dog...


33 posted on 09/20/2011 9:03:24 AM PDT by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: TheThirdRuffian

Gives a whole new meaning to the term, “high holidays”!


34 posted on 09/20/2011 9:04:22 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: JRios1968

:-)


35 posted on 09/20/2011 9:04:57 AM PDT by wbill
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To: Vaquero

Bite yo ass like a lobster.
I wanna see da ho’s Rabies Vaccination tag.


36 posted on 09/20/2011 9:09:10 AM PDT by dusttoyou (paulnutz/bachnutz/palinwishers are wee-weeing all over themselves, Foc nobama)
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To: Evil Slayer

The satelite that was studying the hole in the ozone layer will rip a thousand mile gash in the ozone coming down. How tragic.


37 posted on 09/20/2011 9:11:59 AM PDT by Dogbert41 (http://www.durban3nyc.com/. Go there and learn what those who seek to destroy Israel are up to)
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To: Evil Slayer

Looks like we need an FR betting pool!

The White Hut
Mecca
The UN building in NYC (or the alternate located in Geneva, Switzerland)

Any other places you would like to see this satellite make a peaceful landing on?


38 posted on 09/20/2011 9:14:24 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Evil Slayer

At least we don’t have to worry about a union labor strike stopping this satellite reaching its destination unlike the union labor strike that has halted the Ariane 5 launch that was scheduled to lift off today.
http://www.arianespace.com/news-press-release/2011/9-20-2011-va204-launch-delay.asp

This is the first time I have ever heard of a rocket launch being delayed due to a strike.


39 posted on 09/20/2011 9:20:50 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

The most ironic would be Mecca, because of the NASA outreach thing. So 10 quadloops on that.

Plus a side bet of 5 quadloops on Al Gore’s house.


40 posted on 09/20/2011 9:23:47 AM PDT by agere_contra ("Debt is the foundation of destruction" : Sarah Palin.)
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To: agere_contra

Updated betting pool!

The White Hut
Mecca
The UN building in NYC (or the alternate located in Geneva, Switzerland)
Al Gore’s house
The Breck Girl’s house


41 posted on 09/20/2011 9:34:05 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Evil Slayer

Detroit?.................../s


42 posted on 09/20/2011 9:41:11 AM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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To: Allegra

” wonder if it would cause any Muslims to start considering Christianity?”

I suspect they’d just go on a rampage and kill people and break things.

Also, they’d blame Joooos at NASA.


43 posted on 09/20/2011 9:44:28 AM PDT by TheThirdRuffian (Nothing to see here. Move along.)
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To: Redleg Duke

Hey. I love the obscure Tom Lehrer reference. Good on ya!


44 posted on 09/20/2011 10:06:36 AM PDT by OriginalChristian (The end of America, as founded, began when the first Career Politician was elected...)
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To: ColdOne
Detroit?.................../s

How will they be able to tell?

45 posted on 09/20/2011 10:09:27 AM PDT by fungoking (Tis a pleasure to live in the Ozarks)
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To: ColdOne

‘Detroit....’ Would anyone even notice?

Now if it destroyed Joe Louis Arena, THAT would be a reason to rejoice....


46 posted on 09/20/2011 10:09:30 AM PDT by OriginalChristian (The end of America, as founded, began when the first Career Politician was elected...)
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To: Evil Slayer
Current position: http://www.heavens-above.com/orbit.aspx?satid=21701&lat=0&lng=0&loc=Unspecified&alt=0&tz=CET
47 posted on 09/20/2011 10:10:32 AM PDT by sigSEGV
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To: Evil Slayer
In a totally unrelated development NASA has issued hard hats to the entire population of Texas.
48 posted on 09/20/2011 10:11:59 AM PDT by fungoking (Tis a pleasure to live in the Ozarks)
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To: fungoking

49 posted on 09/20/2011 10:35:41 AM PDT by hatfieldmccoy (It's not racism..... it's probability, actuarial tables, statistics. Facts are stubborn things.)
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To: edpc

There’s no plutonium on board, weapons grade or otherwise.


50 posted on 09/20/2011 10:44:40 AM PDT by Campion ("Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies when they become fashions." -- GKC)
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