Not to stir up any hysteria or anything, but… we’re all going to die! The UARS satellite is expected to hit earth later tonight or early tomorrow morning and there is a chance that the satellite will land on US soil.
NASA has been updating the satellite’s progress all week as they monitor its path to earth. The Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite was orbiting 100 miles above earth this morning, and NASA expects the satellite to re-enter the earth’s atmosphere later tonight.
But the organization still doesn’t know where the UARS satellite will land. They did say, however, that it was possible for the satellite to hit the United States.
“There is a low probability any debris that survives re-entry will land in the United States, but the possibility cannot be discounted because of this changing rate of descent.”
At the time of the most recent update, NASA couldn’t be sure when or where the satellite would land.
“It is still too early to predict the time and location of re-entry with any certainty, but predictions will become more refined in the next 12 to 18 hours.”
The space agency said earlier this week that there was a 1 in 21 trillion chance that the satellite would land on your head. But a 1 in 3,200 chance that it would hit someone somewhere on earth.
NASA’s UARS satellite was launched in 1991. The space agency lost control of the satellite in 2005 when it ran out of fuel. You can keep up to date on the end of the world at NASA.com.
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