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European Experts Follow Satellite Reentry
2011-09-27 07:09:19

ESA closely monitored the reentry on 24 September of the UARS observatory satellite. The Agency's Space Debris Office worked with NASA and international partners in a coordinated prediction and risk-assessment exercise. NASA's non-operational Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) reentered Earth's atmosphere on 24 September 2011 between 05:23 and 07:09 CEST. The precise reentry time and location of debris impacts from the 5.6-tonne satellite have not been determined. No injuries or...

Is Another Disabled Satellite Headed for Earth
2011-09-26 04:16:56

  On the heels of the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite's (UARS) splashdown in the Pacific Ocean, Telegraph reporter Andy Bloxham warned over the weekend that a second satellite is headed for Earth and should re-enter our planet's atmosphere sometime next month. The craft in question is the Röntgensatellit (aka the ROSAT), a 2.4-ton space telescope that was originally constructed by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and was disabled after its guidance system failed...

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2011-09-25 15:11:22

While NASA knows that the remains of the six-ton Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) wound up landing somewhere in the Pacific Ocean, the exact location of the spacecraft may never be known, according to a Sunday report by Irene Klotz of Reuters. The U.S. space agency reported early Saturday morning that the satellite re-entered the planet's atmosphere sometime between 11:23 p.m. EDT on September 23 and 1:09 a.m. EDT on September 24. Much of the UARS would have been burned up upon...

Satellite Crashing Into Earth In T-Minus ???
2011-09-21 11:07:02

  NASA said there is a 1-in-3,200 risk that a person who is minding their own business might find themselves being chased down by a defunct satellite the size of a tour bus traveling at 17,500-miles-per-hour. Of course, the odds of that exact scenario are higher, but the space agency did warn of the potential risk of being hit by falling debris from its Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS). According to estimates, the satellite will arrive back into Earth's atmosphere...

Satellite Debris Expected To Hit Earth Sept. 23
2011-09-18 04:15:55

  A 20-year-old defunct satellite is expected to fall to Earth sometime next week, NASA officials announced on Friday. According to the Associated Press (AP), the U.S. space agency now predicts that the nearly seven-ton Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) will re-enter Earth's atmosphere on September 23, plus or minus one day. "NASA scientists have calculated the satellite will break into 26 pieces as it gets closer to Earth," the AP said. "The odds of it hitting someone...

Image 1 - ERS Satellite Missions Complete
2011-09-12 09:33:03

  After a final thruster firing last week to deplete its remaining fuel, ESA's venerable ERS-2 observation satellite has been safely taken out of service. Ground controllers also ensured the space environment was protected for future missions. The mission ended on 5 September, after the satellite's average altitude had already been lowered from 785 km to about 573 km. At this height, the risk of collision with other satellites or space debris is greatly reduced. The final...

NASA Prepares For Satellite Re-entry
2011-09-08 07:59:41

  NASA on Wednesday said that a 20-year-old satellite is due to re-enter Earth´s atmosphere sometime in the next six weeks, burn up, and rain debris over a wide area. The defunct 7-ton Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) should plunge to Earth sometime in late September or early October, but the agency cannot determine exactly when that re-entry will occur and what geographic area may be affected. However, NASA is keeping a close eye on the satellite and will keep the...

NASA Called Upon to Create Plan For Dealing With Space Junk
2011-09-02 04:18:43

  While NASA has "responsibly" used its resources in detecting meteoroids and orbital debris, the growing amount of space junk and the danger it poses to the crew of the International Space Station (ISS) requires additional funding for the U.S. space agency's detection and monitoring efforts, the National Research Council says in a new report. According to an article by AP Science Writer Seth Borenstein, officials involved with the report, which was commissioned by NASA, claim that...

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2011-07-28 11:06:30

The orbit of ESA's retired ERS-2 observation satellite is being lowered to reduce the risk of collision with other satellites or space debris. The goal is to leave it well below most operating polar satellites by the end of August. The first in a series of thruster firings, each lasting about 300 seconds, was commanded by the mission control team at ESA's European Space Operations Centre in Germany on 6 July to lower the orbit of the Agency's veteran satellite. The burns have since...


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