Satellite falls out of orbit

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Satellite falls out of orbit after losing the the power. A defunct large U.S. spy satellite may head toward Earth and could hit the Earth in late February or March. The satellite used to be controlled by US government but no longer can be controlled, and it is unknown where on the planet it might come down, they said. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the information is classified as secret. It could contain hazardous materials.

In history, NASA spacecraft Skylab was the largest uncontrolled re-entry. It was a 78-ton abandoned space station that fell from orbit in 1979. Its debris dropped harmlessly into the Indian Ocean and across a remote section of western Australia.

In 2000, NASA engineers successfully directed a safe de-orbit of the 17-ton Compton Gamma Ray Observatory, using rockets aboard the satellite to bring it down in a remote part of the Pacific Ocean.

In 2002, officials believe debris from a 7,000-pound science satellite smacked into the Earth’s atmosphere and rained down over the Persian Gulf, a few thousand miles from where they first predicted it would plummet.

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2 Responses to “Satellite falls out of orbit”

  1. saif Says:
    September 17th, 2011 at 10:02 am

    How satellites comes back to earth? how it comes out of its orbit?

  2. buddie Says:
    September 27th, 2011 at 8:04 am

    how come this website says the space craft id 78 tond but on other websites it only 6 tons?

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