Satellite still on for Friday freefall from space
WASHINGTON (AP) - September 21, 2011 (WPVI) -- A dead 6-ton satellite is getting closer and closer, and is expected to smack down on Earth on Friday.
Experts say Friday remains the most likely day that the NASA research satellite will come crashing down through the atmosphere. An estimated 26 pieces - representing 1,200 pounds - are expected to survive.
NASA is anticipating a splashdown rather than a landing. Nearly three-quarters of the world is covered with water. The Aerospace Corporation in California, in fact, predicts that re-entry will occur over the Pacific late Friday afternoon, Eastern Time. But that's give or take 14 hours.
The 20-year-old Upper Research Atmosphere Satellite will be the biggest NASA spacecraft to fall uncontrolled from the sky in 32 years.
UARS satellite: http://www.nasa.gov/mission-pages/uars/uars-concept.html
- Faith-healing couple held without bail
- Lots of clouds, damp and cool today
- WATCH: Action News Online
- WATCH ABC is available in Philadelphia!
- Tractor trailer crash jams traffic in Chesco 47 min ago
- Sex offender arrested in Del. child porn bust
- Police: Woman who hit teen was DUI, reading text
- Jersey shore reopens for 1st post-Sandy summer
- Video: Time lapse of Seaside Heights boardwalk...
- Wash. I-5 bridge collapse caused by oversize load
- AC casino manager charged with promoting prostitution
- Missing Skippack student found in North Carolina
- Firing of school official in dog waste incident overturned
- NJ: Caramel-colored rubbing alcohol sold as scotch