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6-ton satellite will hit Earth on Sept 23

6-ton satellite will hit Earth on Sept 23

WASHINGTON: The US space agency has narrowed down its prediction of when a defunct six-ton satellite will crash back to Earth, saying on Wednesday that it is expected to land on September 23, US time. "The time reference does not mean that the satellite is expected to re-enter over the United States. It is simply a time reference," NASA said on its website. "Although it is still too early to predict the time and location of re-entry, predictions of the time period are becoming more refined." NASA had previously said the satellite could hit Earth as early as Thursday, September 22 or as late as Saturday, September 24. All but 26 pieces of the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) are expected to burn up on re-entry into Earth's atmosphere, but where exactly they will land remains a mystery. Orbital debris scientists say the pieces will fall somewhere between 57 north l...

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