September 26, 2011

How Will International Space Station Fall to Earth?

Mike Wall, MSNBC

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If a dead bus-size satellite's crash-landing can cause such a stir, global panic may well ensue when it's time for the enormous International Space Station to come down to Earth.

But that panic would be misplaced, NASA officials say. Though the orbiting lab is far larger than the space agency's defunct Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS), which made an uncontrolled re-entry through Earth's atmosphere late Friday night, the station's eventual demise will pose little threat to folks on Earth.

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