Florida, Sep 22: Our earth is in danger after NASA announced that it’s dead 6-ton satellite might possibly crash down on earth tomorrow afternoon (Eastern Time), Sep 23. “It is still too early to predict the time and location of re-entry with any more certainty,” NASA said.
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.
It is estimated that 26 pieces _ representing 1,200 pounds (90 kilograms) would survive. The 20-year-old Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite will be the biggest NASA spacecraft to fall uncontrolled from the sky in 32 years.
It is expected to break into more than 100 pieces as it enters the atmosphere, most of it burning up. The heaviest metal parts are expected to reach Earth, the biggest chunk weighing about 300 pounds (140 kilograms). The debris could be scattered over an area about 500 miles (800 kilometers) long.