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A satellite has fallen out of orbit


peter99co
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A five tonne, 20-year-old satellite has fallen out of orbit and is expected to crash somewhere on Earth on or around 24 September, according to Nasa.

BBC LINK

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peter99co

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NASA estimates the debris footprint will be about 500 miles long.

NASA will post updates weekly until four days before the anticipated re-entry, then daily until about 24 hours before re-entry, and then at about 12 hours, six hours and two hours before re-entry.

The 1 in 3,200 risk to public safety is higher than the 1 in 10,000 limit that Nasa aims for.

If you bet on it and win you would not be around to collect :o(

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Aitchbee

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It is coming down tomorrow. BBCRadio4 9am news reported 5 minutes ago.Nasa still could not say exactly where.

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Aitchbee

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I will be humming - "Catch a falling star and put it in your pocket" by Perry Como - tomorrow.."save it for a rainy day".

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SimpleSimon1

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"Catch a falling star and put it in your pocket"

If you want to try and catch a hunk of white-hot metal falling at terminal velocity, be my guest :-)

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Aitchbee

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SimpleSimon1 - "...then you'll have a... pocketfull of stardust." I will be staying indoors tomorrow, justin' case.

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morddwyd

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" Members of the public are not allowed to keep pieces of the satellite that may fall to Earth, or sell them on eBay, as they remain the property of the US government."

I hereby give notice that I shall be charging appropriate storage and security fees for any parts that fall on my property.

I will also require proof of ownership before releasing said items.

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lucky1

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If it lands in the street a warden will probably ticket it!

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wiz-king

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As the biggest chunk is likely to be the nuclear power pack I don't want to keep it.

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lucky1

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wiz-king, probably be cheaper than solar panels!

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peter99co

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Update.

As of 9:30 p.m. EDT Sept. 22, 2011, the orbit of UARS was 110 mi by 115 mi (175 km by 185 km). Re-entry is possible sometime during the afternoon or early evening of Sept. 23, Eastern Daylight Time. The satellite will not be passing over North America during that time period. It is still too early to predict the time and location of re-entry with any more certainty, but predictions will become more refined in the next 24 hours.

NB The satellite will not be passing over North America during that time period.

It would be nice to know where it will be passing over during that time and how does that compare with GMT for UK Readers?

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