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NASA now says a 13,000 pound research satellite, falling through space, will make impact late tonight or early tomorrow.

While they can't pinpoint its exact crash site, they estimate it will land off the coast of the Philippines.

NASA is slightly nervous about the giant research satellite because it will be a true free-fall back to earth.

They estimate about 1,000 pounds of the satellite will crash back into Earth, but will probably break up in the atmosphere and descend in a rain of debris that could cover an area about 500 miles in length.

NASA says no injuries have ever been reported due to re-entering space program equipment, and only minor property damage has ever been reported.

Just the same, we recommend keeping your eyes and ears open just in case UARS decides to land near you.

For more information please call 229-432-6955.

For NASA's information about the UARS mission, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/uars/index.html