This picture was taken by someone who actually saw the NASA UARS Satellite on the home stretch. Photographer David Bainbridge sent the picture in to one of my favorite web sites: spaceweather.com.
But in Portland and Vancouver and eastern Oregon and Washington we missed out even though it flew right overhead. Probably because the satellite was tumbling–and with it angled the wrong way in our skies it just never caught the sun’s light to reflect back at us.
But after all this happened (that is…nothing…) – the Twitter hashtag of #satellitefail exploded. And I had the chance to re-tweet some classic tweets from folks who could not believe that nothing happened. Here’s a sample!
@taradublinrocks: so bummed about the satellite not hitting my house. We were all set to sue @NASA for millions
@wxbrad: This #UARS is as bad as the cable company, I’ll be there between 11PM & 3AM means you’ll actually crash at 6am, right?
@wchoops: it is down already, it landed on d.b. cooper and Bigfoot in the state of Washington
@dmerser91: @Lady Gaga has found the #UARS debris and is making a new dress out of it. NASA working to confirm
@BJDorr2: Wow, this #satellitefail is making me look forward to #pdxsnowfail
#pdxsnowfail? C’mon, BJ, that would never happen!
But what does happen is this: a NASA Satellite that does not fall on Portland–still makes an impact!