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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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Status fron NASA

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Nasa Status Report

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Sorry double post.

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HondaMan

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As I live at 47 North I might just follow this "when it crashed in Western Australia the US government had to pay clean-up costs to the Australian government."

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Aitchbee

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Why has nobody called for International Rescue - better known as 'THUNDERBIRDS'. I don't think thay are busy at the moment.Parker is probably out in the garden sorting out Lady Penelope's roses...

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daz60

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http://www.universetoday.com/89063/must-see-video-falling-nasa-uars-satellite-observed-while-still-in-orbit/

Remarkable video of UARS taken a few days ago.

cannot appear to link,icons above this "reply" section have gone...anyone else have same.?

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Worked anyway,sorry.

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Aitchbee

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had a look - well captured video.

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Update #10 Fri, 23 Sep 2011 03:45:08 PM UTC+0100

As of 10:30 a.m. EDT on Sept. 23, 2011, the orbit of UARS was 100 miles by 105 miles (160 km by 170 km). Re-entry is expected late Friday, Sept. 23, or early Saturday, Sept. 24, Eastern Daylight Time. Solar activity is no longer the major factor in the satellite’s rate of descent. The satellite’s orientation or configuration apparently has changed, and that is now slowing its descent. There is a low probability any debris that survives re-entry will land in the United States, but the possibility cannot be discounted because of this changing rate of descent. It is still too early to predict the time and location of re-entry with any certainty, but predictions will become more refined in the next 12 to 18 hours.

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