NASA Pinpoints Satellite's Watery Grave

September 27, 2011 Updated Sep 27, 2011 at 4:13 PM EDT

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NASA Pinpoints Satellite's Watery Grave

September 27, 2011 Updated Sep 27, 2011 at 4:13 PM EDT

According to Space.com, NASA on Tuesday said it had determined the location where the 6.5-ton UARS satellite fell to Earth over the weekend.

The satellite was initially thought to have land in the northern portion of the Pacific Ocean, but a map provided by NASA shows the landing spot to be much farther south than originally thought.

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

"NASA’s decommissioned Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite fell back to Earth at 12 a.m. EDT (0400 GMT), as Friday, Sept. 23, turned to Saturday, Sept. 24 on the United States east coast. 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 degrees south latitude and 189.8 degrees east longitude (170.2 west longitude). This location is over a broad, remote ocean area in the Southern Hemisphere, far from any major land mass. The debris field is located between 300 miles and 800 miles downrange, or generally northeast of the re-entry point. NASA is not aware of any possible debris sightings from this geographic area."

Read the Space.com story HERE.