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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Satellite Falls Into Atlantic

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado -- Parts of a Chinese spy satellite re-entered the atmosphere off the coast of Brazil and are believed to have fallen into the South Atlantic Ocean, the United States Space Command said Tuesday.


The imaging satellite, the size of a small car, re-entered the atmosphere at 0405 GMT Tuesday, the space command said. It fell in an area about 1,600 to 2,400 kilometers off the east coast of Brazil.


A spokesman at the space command said it was almost impossible to tell exactly where it landed on Earth because its path was uncontrolled. The space command pinpointed where it re-entered the atmosphere and then calculated where it landed but noted the landing calculation was only an estimate.


"It's essentially in the middle of nowhere," said Major Robin Alford, a spokesman at the space agency.


The Japanese Science and Technology Agency, which received information from the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, said the satellite fell into the South Atlantic Ocean at 23.2 degrees south latitude and 19.8 degrees west longitude.


The space command in Colorado had no immediate comment on a report from Moscow quoting Russian air defense authorities as saying parts of the satellite fell into the northeast Pacific Ocean.