NASA: Satellite Pieces to Hit Earth in a Week

Friday, 16 Sep 2011 04:20 PM

 

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

WASHINGTON — U.S. space officials say they expect a dead satellite to fall to Earth in about a week.

NASA has been watching the 6-ton satellite closely. On Friday officials moved up their prediction for its arrival to Sept. 23, give or take a day.

NASA scientists have calculated the satellite will break into 26 pieces as it gets closer to Earth. The odds of it hitting someone anywhere on the planet are 1 in 3,200. The heaviest piece to hit the ground will be about 350 pounds, but no one has ever been hit by falling space junk in the past.

NASA expects to give the public more detailed information early next week. For now, all continents except Antarctica could be hit by satellite debris.

___

UARS satellite: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/uars/uars-concept.html

© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Technology Firms Pledge Support for Open Source After Heartbleed

Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 08:44 AM

At least 10 large technology companies, including Google Inc., Facebook Inc. and Cisco Systems Inc., have pledged to inv . . .

Apple CEO Defies Skeptics With Sales Surge, Boosts Buyback

Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 06:15 AM

Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook just bought himself more time to prove doubters wrong over the company's gro . . .

Facebook Leaves Mobile Concerns in Dust With Surge in Sales

Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 06:12 AM

Facebook Inc. was once mired in mobile-advertising doldrums. That was so 2012. The world's largest social-networking si . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved