NASA Satellite fell to Earth
POSTED: Saturday, September 24, 2011 - 1:56pm
UPDATED: Saturday, September 24, 2011 - 2:42pm
STORMTRACKER33 — NASA's 6-ton satellite has fallen to Earth Saturday morning with uncertainty about where exactly hitting Earth.
The thought was the fiery fall was over open water. NASA has not received any reports of injuries or damage to property where original calculations had predicted that the 20-year old research satellite would fall over a 500-mile swath including land.
NASA is now using the US Air Force resources tracking capabilities to pinpoint where the landing took place. Most space debris does land in the Oceans covering 75% of the Earths surface.
Twenty six pieces of the Satellite fell to the Earth and attempts to locate them will continue. Most of the satellite was believed to have burned up.
The satellite first penetrated Earth's atmosphere somewhere over the Pacific Ocean, according to NASA and the US Air Force Joint Space Operations Center, but that does not necessarily mean it all fell in the Ocean.