Well the NASA Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite, or UARS for short, satellite may have re-entered the earth’s atmosphere last night but it lacked the fireworks everyone seemed to be expecting. That is most likely due to the fact it probably landed in the Pacific Ocean out of sight for most skywatchers.
However, the fireworks may have actually been on Twitter in a couple of different ways. First is the pace of UARS mentions on Twitter which were flying by in my TweetDeck search column.
Pretty amazing how that satellite captured a lot of attention and four days ago jumped up to over 1400 tweets per day and has stayed there.
Secondly, the jokes that have come across Twitter in reference to the UARS satellite’s return to Earth have been quite entertaining as you can see below:
BREAKING: NASA advises it is receiving signals from the
#UARS satellite as it passes each nation: "Duck. Duck. Duck. Duck. #UARS will fall on Tom if he is following Jerry!
#UARS satellite missed me. I’m so unlucky at the moment that my spam mails tell me I haven’t won the Nigerian State Lottery. #UARS satellite crashes to Earth overnight and this morning my Junk mailbox is full. Maybe I won’t look. ;o)
If you’re reading this the falling satellite missed you: http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/nasa-uars-satellite-crashes-earth-location-unknown/t/story?id=14595092
Hacked in to the UARS with my cell phone. Calculated a new trajectory and my tip for the restaurant in under 15 minutes. Thank me later.
So if this satellite lands in your yard, it’s UARS to keep, right?
NASA says the odds of a person getting hit by debris from
#UARS are about one in *THUMP*
My personal favorite is the Banff_Squirrel. Do you have a favorite tweet you saw that was funny and/or entertaining?