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UARS debris landed in the Pacific: NASA news
28 September 2011

NASA has released more definite information about where a defunct satellite landed after it re-entered Earth early Saturday morning. The agency is yet to recover any remnants, however.

The space agency said the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) re-entered the Earth's atmosphere at 12am Eastern time on Saturday morning 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," NASA said in a statement. "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."

The UARS satellite was launched in 1991 by the Space Shuttle Discovery and was officially decommissioned on December 14, 2005.

Though NASA had determined recently that the satellite would fall back to Earth in late September, it remained uncertain about where exactly the satellite debris would land.

The agency said that much of the UARS would burn up upon re-entry, however, it warned it was possible that about 26 satellite components, weighing about 1,200 pounds, would survive.





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UARS debris landed in the Pacific: NASA