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FEMA ready if plunging satellite hits U.S.

With a massive dead NASA satellite due to plunge back to Earth this week, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is laying the groundwork for a fast response in case the 6 1/2-ton spacecraft falls over American soil.Full story

Coming this week: Fiery satellite death

A dead climate satellite that has been circling Earth for 20 years will make a fiery death plunge this week, with some pieces of the six-ton spacecraft expected to reach the surface of the planet, NASA officials say. Full story

Huge Defunct Satellite Falling to Earth Faster Than Expected, NASA Says

This story was updated at 3:30 p.m. ET. NASA space junk experts have refined the forecast for the anticipated death plunge of a giant satellite, with the U.S. space agency now predicting the 6 1/2-ton climate probe will plummet to Earth around Sept. 23, a day earlier than previously reported. Full story

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