NASA satellite UARS, launched in 1991 and deactivaed in 2005, is expected to reenter Earth’s atmosphere on or about the 23rd of this month.
A satellite reentry is not usually big news, and this one really is not either, other than perhaps its large size, which is said to be about that of a school bus.
What caught my eye when reading the Space.com article linked above was NASA’s explanation as to what had degraded its orbit:
NASA spokeswoman Beth Dickey confirmed with SPACE.com earlier today that the reason UARS is expected to fall early in its re-entry window is because of the sharp uptick in solar activity. Solar effects from the sun can create an extra drag on satellites in space because they can heat the Earth’s atmosphere, causing it to expand, agency officials have said.
LOL – But hasn’t James Hansen and his crew of NASA “scientists” been telling us all along that it was our SUVs and light bulbs that were warming Earth’s atmosphere?
There is one further tidbit of interesting, if not a little ironic information concerning UARS:
It is a climate probe satellite that was launched during the ozone scare.