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GOCE Safely Burns Up In The Atmosphere

November 11, 2013

ESA’s Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer—or GOCE—completed its fatal decent from space after running out of fuel and burning up in the atmosphere over Antarctica. GOCE provided the most accurate map of the global ocean, which is being used to understand ocean circulation, sea level, ice dynamics and Earth’s interior. GOCE also provided new insight into air density and wind speeds in the upper atmosphere. It took the satellite about three weeks to meet its ultimate end and about 25% of the craft survived the heat and reached Earth.

[ Read the Article: No Damages Reported As GOCE Satellite Falls Back To Earth ]