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Defunct Nasa satellite may crash over Indian Ocean

world Updated: Sep 23, 2011 23:46 IST

Russian space experts have forecast that the defunct six-tonne Nasa satellite, that is set to crash on the Earth soon, is likely to fall in the Indian Ocean.

According to data obtained by the Russian experts, the satellite may fall in the Indian Ocean, north of the Crozet Islands, Russian news agency Itar-Tass quoted Space Forces spokesperson Alexei Zolotukhin as saying.

However, Nasa said it is too early to predict the exact crash site of the twenty-year-old Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) and six years after the end of its productive scientific life.

"It is too early to say exactly when UARS will re-enter and what geographic area may be affected, but Nasa is watching the satellite closely and will keep you informed," Nasa said on its website.

According to media reports, the $750-million satellite is expected to break into 26 large pieces before reaching the ground. The debris are likely to be scattered over around 800-kilometre area.