Re: UARS Re-Entry Determined

From: Daniel Laszlo (
Date: Wed Sep 28 2011 - 05:30:08 UTC

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    I've tried to track down a link to the visible GOES 11 image for the
    hour 0400 on September 24.  My naive reading of the weather looks like
    a late afternoon of scattered cumulus.  It seems likely the trail
    would be easy to miss unless you were looking directly for it given
    the afternoon daylight.     Perhaps UARS was close enough to leave
    some signature for the tracking radar at Kwajalein?
    Cheers, Dan Laszlo, Ft Collins CO USA
    On Tue, Sep 27, 2011 at 9:28 PM, <> wrote:
    > The re-entry coordinates are not far from American Samoa. By the
    > description, this is the beginning of atmospheric interface (?) so
    > presumably if anyone in American Samoa had been looking towards
    > the northeast, rather low in the sky, they would have seen the plasma
    > trail. Debris would have fallen hundreds of miles towards the
    > northeast from there. What was the sky cover like at that time?
    > Was it clear over the islands?
    > -FER
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