September 24th, 2011
11:38 AM ET

NASA: Pieces of plunging satellite have settled on Earth

Miami (CNN) - Pieces of a defunct satellite that plummeted to Earth have settled, NASA said Saturday morning.

The space agency said the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite "is down," according to the space agency's Twitter page. NASA said debris fell to Earth between 11:23 p.m. ET Friday and 1:09 a.m. ET Saturday, but it was not immediately clear where the pieces may have landed.
NASA said the satellite pierced through the atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean, but the exact time and location were not known.

About two dozen pieces of the satellite were expected to survive the crash through the Earth's atmosphere.

Late Friday night, NASA predicted satellite parts would pass "over Canada and Africa, as well as vast areas of the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian oceans."

"The risk to public safety is very remote," NASA said. The 26 pieces expected to survive the descent - made of stainless steel, titanium and beryllium that won't burn - ranged from about 10 pounds to hundreds of pounds, according to NASA.

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  1. Krystal

    Many things are wrong with this article.
    1. "debrit?" Who is editing CNN's television segments?
    2. Risk to human life is minimal? What about the hundreds of pounds of titanium
    falling through the sky over Canada and Africa?
    3. So "falling" pieces of debris shoot horizontally across the sky?
    4. :Pixie dust?" Way to go, CNN. You have completely dispelled my already waning faith
    in your organization as a news source. That story was biased, idiotic and seemed as if it were being written
    in the same fashion as a parent explaining Santa Claus to a child.
    Goodbye, fake news. I'm officially going to the independent sources from now on.

    October 14, 2011 at 11:20 pm |
    • Krystal

      " Pixie Dust

      October 14, 2011 at 11:20 pm |
    • Krystal

      Apparently when you place a " and a P together, you get a very excited face. Pixie Dust

      October 14, 2011 at 11:21 pm |


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