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23 September 2011

Latest Updates on the UARS satellite Re-entry

Hours Remain Before the UARS Satellite Comes Crashing Down...

Here is a animation made by Analytical Graphics, Inc. that shows how the satellite will break down in the atmosphere.
 

The last updates of the falling satellite according to NASA: "As of 10:30 a.m. EDT on Sept. 23, 2011, the orbit of UARS was 100 miles by 105 miles (160 km by 170 km). Re-entry is expected late Friday, Sept. 23, or early Saturday, Sept. 24, Eastern Daylight Time. Solar activity is no longer the major factor in the satellite’s rate of descent. The satellite’s orientation or configuration apparently has changed, and that is now slowing its descent. There is a low probability any debris that survives re-entry will land in the United States, but the possibility cannot be discounted because of this changing rate of descent. It is still too early to predict the time and location of re-entry with any certainty, but predictions will become more refined in the next 12 to 18 hours.".

Here is a site where i found a nice and simple tracking system of the UARS satellite.
Go and check it out --> Traking site

For my part I am following the updates on the internet and many sites that i visited are down due to a large trafic of the sites. People are interested and it shows.
My camera is ready, but who knows where the satellite will fall. I hope it will be in our skies just to have a nice picture of the fiering fire ball. Lets see!  
 
Tapani Isomäki
Kustavi, Finland