Oklahoma Or India, Where Will Dead Satellite Crash This Week?

Tuesday, September 20th 2011, 3:51 pm
By: News On 6

Russell Hulstine, NewsOn6.com

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida -- NASA scientists are doing their best to figure out where a dying 6-ton satellite will fall to Earth later this week.

NASA says the crash site will be anywhere between 57 degrees north latitude and 57 degrees south latitude and the remains could leave a 500-mile long footprint.  

That means much of North and South America as well as Africa, Asia and Australia are in the target zone. 

The problem for NASA is pinpointing where and when the debris will strike. 

NASA scientists predict the earliest it will hit is Thursday, September 22, 2011, while the latest is Saturday, September 24, 2011.

The UARS or Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite is expected to break into pieces as it re-enters the atmosphere. 

Read NASA's report on UARS.

NASA scientists put the odds of it hitting someone at 1 in 3,200.

And most importantly, the space agency says if you find something you think may be a piece of UARS, do not touch it.

Contact a local law enforcement official for assistance.