24 Sep '11, 11pm

Space junk \\"off California\\"

Space junk \\"off California\\"

WASHINGTON: A bus-sized US satellite that hurtled unpredictably toward Earth crossed over Africa and the northern Atlantic before likely plunging into the Pacific Ocean off California, NASA said on Saturday. The six-tonne Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) fell from the sky between 11:23 pm Friday and 1:09 am Saturday (0323-0509 GMT Saturday, 11.23am-1.09pm Singapore time), the space agency said, but there were no sightings or reliable accounts of damage. "We have got no reports of anyone seeing anything that we believe are credible," NASA chief orbital scientist Nick Johnson said, noting that the "vast majority" of its flight track had been over water. The best and latest estimate, made by the Joint Space Operations Centre at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at two hours before entry, put the re-entry time at 0416 GMT. "If the re-entry point was at 0416 GMT...

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