Satellite Splashes Down Over Pacific

Dead UARS craft finally comes down
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 23, 2011 3:21 PM CDT
Updated Sep 24, 2011 5:15 AM CDT
The satellite, in more stable times in 1991.   (AP Photo/NASA)

(Newser) – Your luck held: NASA's dead six-ton satellite came down without apparent harm somewhere over the Pacific between 11:23pm EDT and 1:09am, the agency says. The exact spot isn't yet known, but the UARS craft likely broke up along a 500-mile path, notes AP. Most of the pieces presumably fell into the ocean, and no reports of damage have surfaced. Multiple reports of fireballs emerged, but a NASA spokesman complained on Twitter about "a lot of hoax data and false info going viral," notes MSNBC.

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