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NASA Rules Out N. America As Dead Satellite Drop Zone

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A dead NASA satellite falling to Earth will not pass over North America during its re-entry into the atmosphere, the space agency said.

The Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite is expected to enter the Earth’s atmosphere Friday afternoon, with all but 26 pieces expected to burn up upon re-entry.

“The satellite will not be passing over North America during that time period,” NASA said. It is still too early to predict the time and location of re-entry with any more certainty, but predictions will become more refined in the next 24 to 48 hours.”

Surviving parts of UARS will land anywhere between northern Canada and southern South America, spanning nearly 500 miles, NASA said.

The Joint Space Operations Center of U.S. Strategic Command at Vandenberg Air Force Base will issue updates within 12, six, and two hours of re-entry.

NASA has advised anyone who comes across something that may be a piece of the satellite to not touch it, but to call local law enforcement.

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