According to the latest estimates from NASA, the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite will re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere next Thursday, Friday or Saturday. It will strike somewhere between …. well, it will strike the earth somewhere, not likely near the poles. Could hit anywhere, really.
The satellite was launched in 1991 via Discovery, and has collected whopping huge piles of extremely important data. It weighs 5,668 kilograms. UARS was decomissioned on December 15th, 2005 and at that time, lowered into a “disposed orbit”
In case a piece of UARS falls near you, the following images may help you to identify the parts:
OSAT (the software that estimates satellite demise parameters) suggests that bits and pieces of the space craft will be spread over an area of about 1000 kilometers. Here is an interesting report on the re-entry.
It is expected that nothing will hit anything or anybody important.
If you find something you think may be a piece of UARS, do not touch it. Contact a local law enforcement official for assistance.