Doomed NASA Satellite Falls Back to Earth Over Pacific

September 24, 2011 Updated Sep 24, 2011 at 11:56 AM EDT

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Doomed NASA Satellite Falls Back to Earth Over Pacific

September 24, 2011 Updated Sep 24, 2011 at 11:56 AM EDT

The defunct 6.5-ton UARS satellite fell back to Earth late Friday night or early Saturday, according to NASA.

The satellite was the largest to fall back to Earth uncontrolled in 32 years, according to Space.com. No injuries or property damage was reported. NASA had estimated that 26 large pieces of debris would survive re-entry and fall over an approximately 500-mile path.

In a statement on NASA's website, the space organization said:

"NASA’s decommissioned Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite fell back to Earth between 11:23 p.m. EDT Friday, Sept. 23 and 1:09 a.m. EDT Sept. 24. The Joint Space Operations Center at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California said the satellite entered the atmosphere over the North Pacific Ocean, off the west coast of the United States. The precise re-entry time and location of any debris impacts are still being determined. NASA is not aware of any reports of injury or property damage."

Watch video and read the Space.com story HERE.