27 Sep '11, 7pm

Finally! We know where the NASA satellite landed

Finally! We know where the NASA satellite landed

Even after the satellite came down, NASA could merely confirm that it had re-entered , most likely within 20 minutes of 12:16 a.m. EDT, and probably over the Pacific Ocean. "We extend our appreciation to the Joint Space Operations Center for monitoring UARS not only this past week but also throughout its entire 20 years on orbit," Nick Johnson, NASA's chief scientist for orbital debris, at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, said in a statement. "This was not an easy re-entry to predict because of the natural forces acting on the satellite as its orbit decayed. Space-faring nations around the world also were monitoring the satellite’s descent in the last two hours and all the predictions were well within the range estimated by JSpOC."

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/space/stories/nasa-deter...

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