Dead Satellite Will Fall to Earth By September's End, NASA Says By Clara Moskowitz, SPACE.com Senior Writer Space.com | SPACE.com –
A defunct satellite poised to fall back to Earth will make its death plunge during the last week of September, NASA officials now say. The spacecraft, an old NASA climate probe called the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS), was decommissioned in 2005 and has been slowly losing altitude since. Soon, the 6 1/2-ton satellite will make a final uncontrolled plunge through Earth's atmosphere. On Monday (Sept. 12), a NASA update stated that the satellite is now expected to plummet back to Earth during the last week of September. Previous estimates by NASA and the U.S. military, which is monitoring the hefty space junk, suggested the UARS satellite would fall sometime in late September or early October. http://news.yahoo.com/dead-satellite-fa … 06284.html well everyone watch out for any space junk falling from the sky!
This could really turn in to something... 1 in 4 the pieces hit land. 1 in 10 (?) that people are around. 1 in 100 (?): hello town, suburb, or city. That last one is probably closer to 1 in 1000. The bad news is that those kind of odds happen every day.
Wow! At least this space junk is removing itself from orbit. Though the likelihood of it landing in populated areas is slim, the possibility still exists that enough of 6.5 tons will survive re-entry to do some damage. I just hope it doesn't land on anyone's head. NASA has enough budgetary problems without paying damages from a lawsuit or class-action suit.
Should NASA and other space agencies be allowed simply to let space junk fall from the sky? If any such satellite were to cause property damage -- or heaven forbid, kill anyone -- I think the suggestion might be made quite strenuously that space agencies clean up after themselves. Either they should include decommissioning as part of their initial costs (decommissioning funds in an interest-bearing account, perhaps), or they should send satellites into high enough orbit so that orbital decay is never an issue.
I can see NASA and others balking at this idea if lawsuit damages remain lower than the cost of satellite retrieval and decommissioning. It would be sad indeed if they considered human life less important than dollars.
It's starting to look as though the "space age" is off to a bumpier start than we originally anticipated.
Now, if we can just clean up the orbital junk yard!
Well, I've been having way too much fun over at Twitter. I did find this tracker. Several different sites, in fact, but they posted basically this same picture. I don't know how valid it is - apparently done by an individual.
Thanks for the tip on Twitter, Izzy. I have an account there that I have never used!!
I did find some times and places that are possibilities, but there are so many IFs included, that I was hoping I could see something on a radar screen or a map or something like that.
It was like... IF it hasn't fallen yet, it should begin passing over the US at 7:45pm and IF it hasn't fallen yet, their best guess would be 8:16pm PST (I don't know why it's not PDT!) - so, 12:16am for me. And then IF it hasn't fallen yet, it might be visible in the Pacific NW around 9:20pm. (This was an Oregon newspaper website I was reading.)
Last night as I was walking up my street at just about 9pm when I looked up in the sky and saw these bright orange spots in the sky and they were moving. They were not planes but they were moving across the sky. By the time I got up to my apartment and to the window, more kept coming. I had no idea what they were. Then I remembered hearing about the soon to fall satellite and wondered if these were pieces that were burning up in the atmosphere or caught in our gravitational pull. It was so surreal to see.
Good point (about the odds). Also, about Izzy's link to the tracker. I found the tracker on Fox, and it said that high demand meant it could take several minutes to load. I didn't feel like waiting for it.
The last I heard (Boston's 11:00 p.m. news), it's supposed to be falling any minute now (it's 12:14 a.m. Eastern time, and I think they said, maybe, 12:15 a.m.); and it's expected to drop into Canada. (So much for the ocean near Indonesia, I guess.) They're saying the odds of anyone's being hit by it are in the trillions (or at least one trillion).
Has anyone been to the link in the last few minutes? It looks to me as if something may be different. (1:10 a.m.) I'm just not sure it's not something wrong with the page loading (or something like that). (It looks like it might be down by what they're saying on there.)
I watched the two of the "tracking things"right up until the announcement that it was confirmed down, but not determined exactly where. Finally, I just stopped caring about where and decided to just go sleep. (There was a time there when I was kind of worried for Australia, though.)
I hope it falls into a plain land with out hurting any one and I am curious to know how many part in it will be survived .I am really curious. But you have started a nice hub with this much of people engaging in interactions. I had voted this interesting .
After days of worldwide suspense, NASA declared Saturday that its six-ton Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite came apart during a fiery fall over the Pacific Ocean. The space agency said the decommissioned spacecraft fell back to Earth between 11:23 p.m. ET Friday and 1:09 a.m. ET Saturday. NASA spokesman Bob Jacobs said the Joint Space Operations Center, headquartered at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base, reported that the satellite entered the atmosphere over the Pacific. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44632366/ns … nce-space/ I hope no one was hit
German Satellite ROSAT Will Hit Earth This WeekendROSATA month after avoiding a deadly collision with NASAs UARS satellite, the citizens of the world have a new piece of falling space junk to worry about. The German...