28 Sep '11, 3am

Dead satellite fell into southern Pacific Ocean far away from large land masses, Nasa says

Dead satellite fell into southern Pacific Ocean far away from large land masses, Nasa says

A 20-year-old satellite that measured the ozone layer fell into part of the southern Pacific ocean and not Canada, US space officials said. -- PHOTO: AFP WASHINGTON (AP) - The dead Nasa satellite fell into what might be the ideal spot - part of the southern Pacific Ocean about as far from large land masses as you can get, US space officials said on Tuesday. New US Air Force calculations put the 5.4 tonne satellite's death plunge early Saturday thousands of kilometres from north-western North America, where there were reports of sightings. Instead, it plunged into areas where remote islands dot a vast ocean. Nasa says those new calculations show the 20-year-old satellite entered Earth's atmosphere generally above American Samoa. But falling debris as it broke apart did not start hitting the water for another 480km to the north-east, south-west of Christmas Island, just afte...

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