Articles tagged "re-entry"

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Artificial bolide produced by the re-entry of the second stage of Falcon 9 rocket

A bright and slow-moving artificial bolide -- designated SPMN160221ART -- was recorded over the Mediterranean Sea at 05:57 UTC on February 16, 2021, by the SPanish Meteor Network (SPMN). The source of the event was atmospheric re-entry of the second stage of the...

February 22, 2021

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Destructive re-entry of Soyuz rocket's Block I recorded over Corsica and Sardinia

A destructive re-entry of a part of Russian Soyuz rocket launched March 21 was observed and recorded over the French Riviera, Tuscany and southern Italy at 01:30 UTC on Sunday, March 25, 2018. The event reportedly caused panic as many people thought it was Chinese...

March 26, 2018

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CZ-3B rocket body re-entry recorded over Paraguay

The body of Chinese Long March 3B rocket, also known as CZ-3B, launched December 10, 2017, re-entered Earth's atmosphere around 05:52 UTC on March 10 over Paraguay, creating a spectacular show. The American Meteor Society (AMS) received just one witness report...

March 12, 2018

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China's Heavenly Palace to fall to Earth late 2017

After about six years in space, China's first prototype space station -- Tiangong-1 -- is expected to fall into the Earth's atmosphere in the latter half of 2017, Chinese officials said at a press conference last week. Tiangong-1 (Chinese for "Heavenly...

September 20, 2016

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Fiery re-entry of China's Chang Zheng 7 rocket over the Western US

A slow moving bright streak of light burst across the night sky over California, Utah and Nevada around 21:36 PTD on Wednesday, July 27 (04:36 UTC on July 28). Images and videos of the event immediately sent social media into a frenzy. The event lasted for over 30...

July 28, 2016


A 'big flame in the sky' over South Island, New Zealand

A 'big flame in the sky' was observed over New Zealand's South Island at 06:30 UTC (18:30 local time) on July 19, 2016. The object was initially considered a 'fist-sized" meteor, but, after further analyses, some experts now believe it was a...

July 19, 2016


Space debris expected to provide spectacular show on November 13

An unusual object discovered by the Catalina Sky Survey in 2013 is expected to enter the Earth's atmosphere on November 13, 2015. The object, suspected to be of man-made origin, most likely a rocket body, will put on a spectacular show while passing through the...

October 28, 2015


Recording doomed ATV's disintegration from inside

In a special experiment scheduled for February 27th, ESA and NASA are planning to record, from inside, reentry and disintegration of Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATM).Every mission of ESA’s ATV ferry ends in the same way – filled with Space Station rubbish

February 07, 2015

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Russian space officials estimate that Phobos-Grunt will fall to Earth on Jan. 15

Russian space officials now estimate that Phobos-Grunt will fall to Earth on Jan. 15, though the date could change "due to external factors. The probe will re-enter somewhere between 51 degrees north and 51 degress south latitude; the exact location won't be known

January 09, 2012


Final Update Overview: NASA's UARS Re-enters Earth's Atmosphere

NASA has released a new statement pinpointing the re-entry of the UARS satellite on Sept. 24th:"The Joint Space Operations Center at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California has determined the satellite entered the atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean at 14.1

September 26, 2011

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UARS reentry update! Where will it fall?

NASA's UARS satellite is making its last orbits around Earth. Orbital elements just published by US Strategic Command suggest that re-entry could occur a little later than previously expected."For now, it looks like 00:00 - 04:00 UTC on Sept. 24," says satellite

September 23, 2011