If you are alive and awake this morning, you may be wondering where did NASA′s dead satellite go as it met its fiery end? The 6 ton UARS satellite was falling back dead to Earth in the wee hours of this morning over the Pacific Ocean. However, some pieces of debris were seen streaking across the skies above Southern California. While there are no reports of any damage yet from the NASA UARS satellite falling to Earth, some say that pieces may have landed anywhere between Texas and Alberta, Canada.

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As we reported yesterday, the UARS satellite was launched in 1991 on board the Space Shuttle Discovery to study the Earth′s upper atmosphere. Several of its instruments were designed specifically to analyze the chemical make up of the ozone layer. In 2006, the satellite completed its usefulness and began a slow, steady fall back towards Earth.

Whether this episode of NASA history caused any concerns or not, it does highlight the worsening problem of space junk in Earth orbit. An international agreement patched together several years ago now requires that all launched satellites and vehicle components be so equipped for a controlled reentry. This came about after the Chinese tested an anti-satellite weapons system, destroying one of their own in orbit, causing a massive debris field of space junk that will orbit the Earth for many years. This year alone, the crew on board the International Space Station had to take emergency stations in their escape capsules on at least two occasions due to coming near space junk.

NASA′s dead satellite has come down early this morning. The NASA UARS 6 ton satellite was falling to Earth over the Eastern Pacific. Some debris and space junk was seen streaking across the skies over Southern California. Others report some debris above Western Canada from Vancouver to Alberta. The 35-foot satellite was expected to break up into two dozen pieces as it burned up in the atmosphere. There are no reports of any ground damage so far.