Tuesday, September 27, 2011

FINAL UARS Update - September 27 Edition

NASA ground track shows UARS leaving Africa and reentering over the Pacific Ocean at approximately 12:01 a.m. EDT September 24. Map courtesy of NASA

Here's the final word from NASA's UARS reentry Web page
"NASA's decommissioned Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite fell back to Earth at 12:01 a.m. EDT (0401 GMT) on Saturday, Sept. 24. The Joint Space Operations Center at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California has determined the satellite entered the atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean at 14.1 degrees south latitude and 189.8 degrees east longitude. This location is over a broad, remote ocean area in the Southern Hemisphere, far from any major land mass. The debris field is located between 300 miles and 800 miles downrange, or generally northeast of the re-entry point. NASA is not aware of any possible debris sightings from this geographic area."
 By the way, if you live in Florida and you think you saw UARS reenter, you so totally didn't. Stop playin'.