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Dead NASA satellite will soon plummet to Earth - Yahoo! via @yahoosg

WASHINGTON (AP) — A dead NASA satellite will soon fall to Earth, but the space agency says there is very little chance that a piece of it will hit someone. NASA says the 20-year-old satellite will probably fall sometime between late September and October. Pieces of it could land anywhere in the six inhabited continents in a worldwide swath from south of Juneau, Alaska, to just north of the tip of South America. NASA scientists estimate a 1-in-3,200 chance a satellite part could hit someone. Most of it will burn up after entering Earth's atmosphere. The 6-ton (5.4-metric ton) Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) ran out of fuel in 2005 and will fall uncontrolled out of orbit. Only about 1,200 pounds (544.32 kilograms) of metal should survive, NASA said. This satellite is far smaller than the 135-ton (123-metric ton) Russian space station Mir, which fell to Earth in 20...

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