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Huge Defunct Satellite to Plunge to Earth Soon, NASA Says | UARS Satellite Falling From Space & NASA Space Debris | Space Junk &


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Elizabeth
- 1082 days ago - space.com
The huge Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) is expected to re-enter Earth's atmosphere in an uncontrolled fall in late September or early October. Much of the spacecraft is expected to burn up during re-entry, but some pieces are expected to....



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Elizabeth S. (149)
Saturday September 10, 2011, 10:43 am
6.5 tons of space junk will be falling to Earth, uncontrolled...hmmm..I thought NASA was a little more prepared for instances like this...
 

Jae A. (323)
Saturday September 10, 2011, 12:13 pm
...naw...just leave stuff out there and figure out what to do about it later...if at all. It's the way of American Corporations....see nuclear energy plants for more on that line of thought. Nasa exist for Corporate purposes thus the lack of 'what about the effects things will have on tomorrow' is usually last on the list of importance,if on the list at all.
 

Jae A. (323)
Saturday September 10, 2011, 12:14 pm
Correction..."Nasa exist in part, a large part, for Corporate purposes.."
 

Ralph R Sutton (56)
Saturday September 10, 2011, 6:12 pm
The original orbit of this satellite was designed to decay and eventually reenter the atmosphere. It was part of a program and policy in effect to stop adding to the junk flying around this planet. All satellites now days are designed to fall out of orbit. Problem is very few are designed for controlled reentry.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday September 11, 2011, 7:10 am
Thanks for sharing!
 

Sue Matheson (70)
Sunday September 11, 2011, 8:45 am
thanks.
 

Carol H. (229)
Sunday September 11, 2011, 9:10 am
thanks Elizabeth noted. I guess we all thought they were better prepared for that kind of thing!!
 

Russell R. (87)
Sunday September 11, 2011, 9:17 am
NASA knew about this way before they ended the Shuttle Program. Are they too dangerous to retrieve? 6.5 tons of debris of which 1,170 pounds will survive and fall within a debris footprint length of some 500 miles. The worse part of all this is that they have to abandon the Space Station because of Russia's failed launch of the auto-supply ship. Another object that is much larger and will come down if there is no one there to man it.
 

Birgitta S. (230)
Sunday September 11, 2011, 9:18 am
noted.
& How much !! more space junk is flying aroud our Globe??
TY Elizabeth.
 

Terry King (108)
Sunday September 11, 2011, 9:25 am
Reynolds aluminum says that a sturdy foil hat will be more than enough protection for 99.99% of the world's population!
 

Lin Penrose (92)
Sunday September 11, 2011, 10:45 am
Thanks Elizabeth. Hope the knowledge gained from all those 'foreign to earth orbit' pieces, is worth the cost of gravity and all the money, resources that will re-enter the earth in quite different forms and effects. Hope 99.99% of the knowledge will be shared with we beings who stayed on the lower levels and not covered up as Extremely Classified - Need to Know Only. Some sciences seem to share quite a bit, while others??? Should be buying stock in Reynolds aluminum. Don't like the mining practices though. Thanks for the tip Terry King!
 

Jon C. (4)
Sunday September 11, 2011, 10:52 am
It's Great business in removing space junks and debris in space to reduce falling of debris and bill NASA and Corporate buddies trillion of dollars to clean waste. Someone junk It might be someone golden treasure. : )
 

Bob P. (426)
Sunday September 11, 2011, 10:57 am
thanks for the info
 

Roger Garin-michaud (61)
Sunday September 11, 2011, 12:55 pm
thanks
 

Bruce Van Tassell (7)
Sunday September 11, 2011, 2:05 pm
This happens from the people who are knee deep in their own garbage at home.
 

Brad Kraus (6)
Sunday September 11, 2011, 4:40 pm
The Kessler Threshold. Learn something new every day. First passenger trips to space, then garbage pick up?
Thanks for posting.
 

James Hager (1)
Monday September 12, 2011, 3:20 am
what a waste
 

John Gregoire (255)
Monday September 12, 2011, 5:43 am
Waste indeed. The space junk is indeed a huge problem so one designed to deorbit makes good sense. We just don't seems to get much return from these expensive birds. We can do better -just think of the little rover still working on Mars!
 

Nelson Baker (0)
Monday September 12, 2011, 5:21 pm
A lot of space junk out there.
 

Charlene Rush (2)
Monday September 12, 2011, 5:37 pm
This is an example of implementing a project, without considering the consequences.
Hopefully, no one will be injured from falling debris.
 

William Y. (54)
Monday September 12, 2011, 6:24 pm
Ralph, you are right again
 

Fred Krohn (34)
Tuesday September 13, 2011, 1:03 pm
They should establish an orbital junkyard in the lunar Lagrange points, and propel spent orbital objects there for future use as spare parts...
 
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