SOURCE: The Aerospace Corporation

The Aerospace Corporation

September 23, 2011 21:53 ET

UARS Reentry Might Be Visible From Southern California, According to The Aerospace Corporation

EL SEGUNDO, CA--(Marketwire - Sep 23, 2011) - According to experts at The Aerospace Corporation, current models of the anticipated trajectory of NASA's UARS satellite suggest that it might be visible over southern California between 7:40 and 7:50 p.m. Pacific Time.

"The UARS reentry will be a spectacular sight, if you are lucky enough to witness it," says Dr. Bill Ailor, director of Aerospace's Center for Orbital and Reentry Debris Studies (CORDS).

If the satellite is visible, it will pass from the southwest to the northeast of the southern sky.

Falling debris poses little risk to human life and property.

CORDS was established at The Aerospace Corporation to study orbital debris and reentry hazards and to help mitigate any risks debris might pose to space missions.

The Aerospace Corporation, based in El Segundo, Calif., is a nonprofit company with almost 4,000 employees and operates a federally funded research and development center that provides technical guidance and advice on all aspects of space missions to military, civil and commercial customers to assure space mission success.

Correct name of company: The Aerospace Corporation
Correct name and title of subject matter expert: Dr. William Ailor, director of the Center for Orbital and Reentry Debris Studies at The Aerospace Corporation

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