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Defunct NASA satellite to crash to Earth this week

Publié par Clifford Armion le 20/09/2011

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"CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - A defunct NASA science satellite is expected to fall back to Earth on Friday, showering debris somewhere on the planet although scientists cannot predict exactly where, officials said. "The 6.5-ton Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite, or UARS, was carried into orbit during a space shuttle mission in 1991. It operated for 14 years, collecting measurements of ozone and other chemicals in the atmosphere. "Since completing its mission in 2005, UARS has been slowly losing altitude, tugged by Earth's gravity. On Friday, the 35-foot-long, 15-foot diameter (10.6-metres long, 4.5-metres diameter) satellite is expected to plunge into the atmosphere, NASA reported on its website." Read on...
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"Defunct NASA satellite to crash to Earth this week", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), septembre 2011. Consulté le 27/02/2021. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/defunct-nasa-satellite-to-crash-to-earth-this-week