September on my mind
My, my…in the last half of September we already had been planning for Palestine seeking statehood at the UN, the comet Elenin, Jewish feast days, massive solar flares, and now we hear from NASA that a 6.5 TON satellite will in fact fall from the heavens, make it through the atmosphere ‘ring of fire’, and land somewhere on Planet Earth. Y’all better be prayed up starting Monday.
The defunct bus-size spacecraft is NASA’s Upper Atmospheric Research Satellite (UARS), which launched in 1991 and was shut down in 2005 after completing its mission. The satellite was expected to fall to Earth sometime this year, with experts initially pegging a weeks-long window between late September and early October, then narrowing it to the last week of this month.
That window, NASA now says, has been trimmed to just three days.
“Re-entry is expected Sept. 23, plus or minus a day. The re-entry of UARS is advancing because of a sharp increase in solar activity since the beginning of this week,” NASA officials wrote in a status update today (Sept. 16). The projection is a day earlier than a previous forecast released by NASA yesterday. source – Space