UARS Down, but Location Unknown

UARS Down, but Location Unknown

The Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) reentered overnight Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) somewhere over the Pacific Ocean, but NASA is not yet certain precisely when or where.

At 3:47 am, NASA posted the following statement on its UARS website:

“NASA’s decommissioned Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite fell back to Earth between 11:23 p.m. EDT Friday, Sept. 23 and 1:09 a.m. EDT Sept. 24. The Joint Space Operations Center at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California said the satellite penetrated the atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean. The precise re-entry time and location are not yet known with certainty.”

Editor’s Note: The Twitter-sphere was active with many people following the blow-by-blow action, or lack thereof, as events unfolded through the wee hours EDT. Congrats to those who stayed up till the 3:47 announcement; this reporter called it a “day” at 2:30 am. NASA has done a poor job of keeping the public informed IMHO.

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