Dead Satellite Has Crashed, We Just Don't Know Where

The latest is that NASA thinks the fragmented pieces of the 12,000 lbs. satellite crashed into the Pacific, somewhere near Australia.
Seth Borenstein reports for the AP, Sept 24, 2011:
NASA’s dead six-ton satellite fell to Earth early Saturday morning, starting its fiery death plunge somewhere over the vast Pacific Ocean.
Details were still sketchy, but the U.S. Air Force’s Joint Space Operations Center and NASA say that the bus-sized satellite first penetrated Earth’s atmosphere somewhere over the Pacific Ocean. That doesn’t necessarily mean it all fell into the sea. NASA’s calculations had predicted that the former climate research satellite would fall over a 500-mile swath.
The two government agencies say the 35-foot satellite fell sometime between 11:23 p.m. EDT and 1:09 a.m. EDT. NASA said it didn’t know the precise time or location yet.

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8 years ago

My confidence in NASA has taken a pretty big hit.
What if this had been a rogue enemy satellite?

Jim Satnan
8 years ago

You forgot a zero. Should be 12,000 pounds for 6 tons. Typo.

8 years ago

If they could not track this satelite reentering the atmosphere, it makes me wonder if they could track a MIRV(Multiple Independently Reentry Vehicle) launched by a hostile nation at our country. This is just another result of Obama’s deep cuts to our defense.