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2011-09-24 07:35:40

   The decommissioned Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) fell back to Earth overnight, penetrating the atmosphere somewhere over the Pacific Ocean, NASA officials reported early Saturday morning. In an advisory posted to the UARS mission page, officials from the Joint Space Operations Center at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California said that the satellite re-entered the planet's atmosphere sometime between 11:23 p.m. EDT Friday night and 1:09 a.m. EDT Saturday...

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...

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...

2011-09-08 06:37:07

NASA will host a media teleconference at 11 a.m. EDT on Friday, Sept. 9, to discuss the anticipated re-entry of the agency's decommissioned Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS). Re-entry is expected late this month or early October. The teleconference participants are: -- Paul Hertz, chief scientist, NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington -- Nick Johnson, chief scientist, NASA's Orbital Debris Program, Johnson Space Center, Houston -- U.S. Air Force Maj. Michael W....


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2012-03-24 10:06:15

Discovery launched from Kennedy Space Center on September 12, 1991 at 7:11 PM EDT and landed at Edwards AFB on September 18 at 12:38 AM PDT. The shuttle orbited 81 times at an altitude of 313 nautical miles at an inclination of 57 degrees and travelled 2.2 million miles. The mission lasted 5 days, 8 hours, 27 minutes, and 38 seconds. A satellite was launched to study the upper atmosphere and ozone layer. The Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS), was deployed on the third day of...

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2012-03-03 12:33:23

The third space shuttle mission launched from Kennedy Space Center on March 22, 1982 at 11:00 AM (EST) and landed at White Sands, NM on March 30 at 9:04 AM (MST). Columbia orbited 130 times at an altitude of 147 nautical miles at an inclination of 38 degrees and travelled 3.335 million miles. Total mission duration was 8 days, 0 hours, 4 minutes, and 46 seconds. Payloads included the 8,740 lbs. Office of Space Science (OSS-1) Pallet consisting of the Plant Lignification Experiment, the...

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Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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