Sep 26, 2011

VOA Special English News 51

The United States Space Agency says pieces of a non-operational satellite have fallen back to earth over the pacific ocean. NASA says it may never be known exactly when or where the pieces of the satellite fell. But, it is most likely at the bottom of the ocean. NASA has said the threat to public safety from the falling satellite parts was very small. The space agency warned people not to touch any of the pieces. The parts could be spread along the path more than 800 kilometers long. The satellite was launched in 1991 and it had not been working since 2005. It is the largest piece of NASA space wreckage to fall to earth since the Skylab station crushed in western Australia 32 years ago. 

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