NASA: Satellite expected to fall next month could hit a populated area

4:07 PM, Sep 12, 2011   |    comments
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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. (NBC) -- A satellite will soon fall to Earth, according to NASA, and experts are looking into a risk that it could hit a populated area.

The space shuttle launched the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite into orbit in 1991.

It ran out of fuel and is expected to fall back to Earth sometime in October.

NASA says the satellite will likely fall into an ocean because there is more ocean on the planet than land.

NASA says the debris from the satellite will likely cover about 500-mile swath of territoriality.

The odds of a person being hit by a piece of the fallen satellite is 1 in 3,200, NASA says.

NASA officials said satellites come back to Earth just about every year.

They said no one has ever been hit by satellite debris

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