Satellite re-entry

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Parts of the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS), deployed from the Space Shuttle in 1991, are expected to come crashing to Earth this evening. Quite where the bits will land isn’t known. James Naughtie onBBC Radio 4’s Today wanted to know if there was any way people could find out where it might come down, such as “over the Pacific or over Godalming”. Hopefully that didn’t panic the people of Godalming too much!

You can read about the UAR Satellite  here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-15021323

In 2008 the European Space Agency’s Automated Transfer Vehicle “Jules Verne” re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere. Here’s a behind-the-scenes video that shows the fiery re-entry as viewed by scientists from a couple of NASA aircraft.

http://cio.gsfc.nasa.gov/centers/ames/qt/283516main_ARC-ATV-BehindScenes-480.mov.qt

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