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NASA satellite breaks up, plunges back to Earth

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  1. big dog cowboy

    big dog cowboy THE BIG DOG Staff Member

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    NASA satellite breaks up, plunges back to Earth
    By Irene Klotz | Reuters – 8 hrs ago

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - A six-ton NASA science satellite pierced the atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean and fell back to Earth, the U.S. space agency said on Saturday, but it was not yet known where the remains landed.

    NASA said its decommissioned Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite, which took an unpredictable course as it tumbled through the upper atmosphere, fell to Earth sometime between 11:23 p.m. EDT on Friday and 1:09 a.m. EDT on Saturday.

    "The precise re-entry time and location are not yet known with certainty," NASA said of the 20-year-old satellite.

    There were reports on Twitter of debris falling over Okotoks, a town south of Calgary in western Canada, most likely satellite remains.

    Stretching 35 feet long and 15 feet in diameter, UARS was among the largest spacecraft to plummet uncontrollably through the atmosphere, although it is a slim cousin to NASA's 75-tonnes Skylab station, which crashed to Earth in 1979.

    Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/falling-six-ton-satellite-headed-toward-earth-011725135.html
  2. tupperware

    tupperware A Plastic Container

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    Ah so that's what that humongous thing that crashed in my backyard is!

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