A NASA Satalilte has been reported out of control. The Satelilte will hit Earth within weeks and the place it will fall is not yet certain. The satellite which is a size of a school bus weighs up to 6 tonnes and will cause great damage on any area it will fall.
The out of control Satellite is moving towards earth at the speed of 8 kilometers per second and will hit earth within weeks. It has been in space for more than 20 years and it will fall any time, anywhere.
The hotspot for the crash have however been identified as South America or Siberia. The NASA’s Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite, or UARS is expected to re-enter Earth’s atmosphere in late September or early October 2011, almost six years after the end of a productive scientific life
It has also been reported that the satellite could break into smaller particles of 100 kilograms each before it crash on earth which will cause more damage.
The NASA and U.S. military officials tracking the defunct UARS satellite won’t have a better idea of where the spacecraft will fall until around two hours before it happens.
“We continue to say late September is the best estimate that we can give right now,” Air Force Maj. Michael Duncan, deputy chief of the U.S. Strategic Command’s space situational awareness division, told reporters today (Sept. 9). ” There are so many factors that will affect it between now and that point in time — the atmosphere changes on a daily basis — that it’s impossible to say how that’s going to impact this re-entry.”
The actual date of re-entry is difficult to predict because it depends on solar flux and the spacecraft’s orientation as its orbit decays. As re-entry draws closer, predictions on the date will become more reliable.
NASA has also advised people not to touch any pieces or objects which seem to be from the UARS.
NASA’s UARS satellite, launched in 1991 from the Space Shuttle, was the first multi-instrumented satellite to observe numerous chemical constituents of the atmosphere with a goal of better understanding atmospheric photochemistry and transport.
The Satellite is about 35 feet (10.7 meters) long and 15 feet (4.5 m) wide.