UARS is Down

So UARS passed over the U.S. and is down somewhere. NASA was checking on where an hour ago, and then must have gone home to bed because there's no tweets since. There are reports it was sighted in MN, continued on to Canada, Africa and Australia.

Anyone see anything?

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    At least the second time (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by Rojas on Sat Sep 24, 2011 at 08:57:24 AM EST
    I have been protected from near certain death by wearing my trusty (and trendy by the way) skylab survival suit.

    Somewhere, (none / 0) (#1)
    by Gerald USN Ret on Sat Sep 24, 2011 at 03:28:28 AM EST
    some place, a lonely sailor just said in his own language, "What the heck was that?"

    Of course that assumes he didn't say "Arrrrggggg..."

    Let's hope not.

    CNN headline: (none / 0) (#2)
    by oculus on Sat Sep 24, 2011 at 05:11:49 AM EST
    "NASA: Pieces of plunging satellite have settled on Earth"

    Vague, no?

    Person writing that statement (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by MO Blue on Sat Sep 24, 2011 at 09:09:32 AM EST
    has a great career ahead of them as a presidential speech writer. Should include that statement in their portfolio.

    They needed time to spend more time (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by observed on Sat Sep 24, 2011 at 10:08:40 AM EST
    with the family, right?

    It was probably a tough decision. (5.00 / 1) (#7)
    by EL seattle on Sat Sep 24, 2011 at 01:34:45 PM EST
    I'm sure that some of the pieces wanted to to go to upscale Venus, and a very vocal minority were pushing for scenic Mars.  But they finally decided to keep things local.

    Nothing seen here (none / 0) (#6)
    by rdandrea on Sat Sep 24, 2011 at 12:20:48 PM EST
    I went out at about 8:40 local time (Western Colorado) to see if I could pick it up on its next-to-last revolution.  There was a pass at that time predicted by heavens-above.com.

    I didn't see anything at the predicted time, but as long as my eyes were dark-adapted, I decided to grab a pair of binoculars and look for the bright supernova in the galaxy M101.  While I was looking for M101, I did see a satellite in the field of the binos and tracked it until it went out of sight.  It could have been UARS, but was late (not surprising if the orbit was decaying) and not as bright as it should have been.

    It was probably something else.  There's lots of stuff floating around up there and I always see non-naked-eye satellites when using my binos or telescope.

    We were not on the ground track for the final revolution, so there was no chance to see it re-enter from here.

    NASA said that it re-entered over the Pacific.  There were some unsubstantiated Twitter reports of debris landing in Okotoks, AB, which is near Calgary.

    site violator (none / 0) (#9)
    by Amiss on Mon Sep 26, 2011 at 03:07:49 AM EST

    SITE VIOLATION _ SPAM (none / 0) (#11)
    by MO Blue on Mon Sep 26, 2011 at 10:10:14 AM EST