NASA Says Defunct Satellite Won't Fall on U.S.

September 22, 2011 Updated Sep 22, 2011 at 11:06 AM EDT

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NASA Says Defunct Satellite Won't Fall on U.S.

September 22, 2011 Updated Sep 22, 2011 at 11:06 AM EDT

NASA says debris from the defunct 6.5-ton satellite that is expected to re-enter Earth's atmosphere on Friday will not fall over North America, according to a story on Space.com.

"Re-entry is expected sometime during the afternoon of Sept. 23, Eastern Daylight Time," NASA said in a statement on its website Thursday morning. "The satellite will not be passing over North America during that time period. It is still too early to predict the time and location of re-entry with any more certainty, but predictions will become more refined in the next 24 to 36 hours."

According to the story, scientists have estimated that 26 large pieces of debris will survive re-entry, with more than 1,100 pounds of material making it back to Earth.

Watch video and read the Space.com story HERE.