September 24th, 2011


UARS re-entry

I've woken up and am following the re-entry of the UARS satellite via the wonders of the internet. On this channel I can see it over the Pacific Ocean, in the vicinity of New Zealand; this picture shows its last couple of orbits - it's not completely clear at first, but basically UARS will end by crossing the Pacific and passing over Canada and the Atlantic Ocean; probably won't get as far as Africa. (Actually this one is better.) And of course one can follow @UARS_Reentry and #UARS on Twitter for live reactions. The internet: where we can all share the experience.

Edited to add: looks like it survived this orbit and has another to go - even more likely to come down in the Pacific now. So I'm going back to bed.

edited again: Sounds like it did come down over Quebec.

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