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Satellite Debris Now Landed on Earth – Somewhere

Satellite debris from UARS has now landed on Earth - somewhere - according to NASA.

Satellite debris from UARS has now landed on Earth - somewhere - according to NASA.

The return of the NASA decommissioned satellite that has been falling to Earth, totally out of control over the last couple of days, and unpredictably, has, according to NASA finally ended, with the remains landing somewhere on Earth at some time around midnight on Friday, or early Saturday morning.

No information has yet been given about the location of any of the pieces of debris, estimated to be about 26, with many more burning up on reentry into the Earth’s atmosphere. It is not known whether the debris landed in water or on land. However, there was no immediate outcry of damage. Late on Friday, NASA said that the reentry path was over Canada, Africa and the Atlantic, Pacific and the Indian oceans, making any risk to the public very small.

It has been very difficult for NASA engineers to predict the movement of the satellite, as it did not have a uniform shape, and so was twisting and turning unpredictably. In fact NASA had earlier predicted that pieces would land late on Friday afternoon, but the satellite began slowing down on Thursday and Friday and took longer than expected for its debris to crash.

The Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) was launched in 1991 to study the ozone layer and track atmospheric conditions, but was decommissioned in 2005. NASA has warned the public that any debris from the satellite found by the public is the property of the country which made it, namely the United States, and officials should be notified immediately.

Satellite debris from UARS has now landed on Earth - somewhere - according to NASA.

Satellite debris from UARS has now landed on Earth - somewhere - according to NASA.

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