24 Sep '11, 9am

Nasa officials scramble to find pieces from bus-sized satellite which burned up on re-entry into Earth's atmosphere

Nasa officials scramble to find pieces from bus-sized satellite which burned up on re-entry into Earth's atmosphere

The Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) is deployed by the Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-48) in this Nasa handout photo dated Sept 1991. -- PHOTO: REUTERS WASHINGTON (AFP) - Nasa officials scrambled on Saturday to locate any remains of a bus-sized satellite - the biggest piece of US space junk to plummet to earth in 30 years - that disintegrated upon on re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere. Nasa has said there is only a 'very remote' risk to the public from any of the fragments of the 6.3 tonne Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) that may have survived the journey back into the atmosphere. The satellite fell back to Earth between 11.23pm on Friday and 1.09am on Saturday (0323-0509 GMT on Saturday), but the precise re-entry time and location 'are not yet known with certainty,' Nasa said. The tumbling motion of the satellite has made it difficult to narrow down ...

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