UARS is scheduled to reenter sometime between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m. September 24. It may reenter over parts of Canada, Africa and Australia. Here’s a link from NASA which provides more in-depth updates. The FAA has also issued an advisory of sorts.

So, who wants to have a UARS reentry party with me? This Space Available will be providing updates as this situation unfolds. 

UPDATE 9:56 p.m.: Observers in Texas saw UARS overhead still in orbit around 9:18 p.m. EDT. It has not yet begun to reenter.  

UPDATE 10:58 p.m.: UARS will reenter over parts of Canada, Africa and Australia (as well as over the Pacific, Indian and Atlantic oceans) between 11:45 p.m. and 12:45 a.m. EDT. For more updates, check out this NASA link. Spaceflight Now has live tracking data available on its site.

UPDATE 11:39 p.m.: UARS is apparently on its last orbit. 

UPDATE 11:46 p.m.: Within an hour of reentry. 

UPDATE 12:54 a.m.: An unconfirmed report came through that UARS came down somewhere in Northern Quebec. No idea is this is true. Waiting on positive confirmation. 

UPDATE 1:56 a.m.: I am really tired. No confirmation from NASA yet as to where UARS is now located.  It is widely believed the satellite is down. I am going to bed…I will update this post tomorrow. 

UPDATE 10:14 a.m.: NASA has confirmed that UARS reentered sometime early this morning. It is believed it went down over the Pacific Ocean, although no one has confirmed this yet. 


Emily Carney is a writer, space enthusiast, and creator of the This Space Available space blog, published since 2010. In January 2019, Emily’s This Space Available blog was incorporated into the National Space Society’s blog. The content of Emily’s blog can be accessed via the This Space Available blog category.

Note: The views expressed in This Space Available are those of the author and should not be considered as representing the positions or views of the National Space Society.

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