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European Space Agency's doomed GOCE satellite falls to earth in death throes

Nov 11 2013, 20:07 IST
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European Space Agency's GOCE satellite been gradually descending over the last three weeks after running out of fuel Oct 21. (ESA) European Space Agency's GOCE satellite been gradually descending over the last three weeks after running out of fuel Oct 21. (ESA)
SummaryEuropean Space Agency: Satellite disintegrated in the high atmosphere and no damage to property has been reported.

The European Space Agency says one of its research satellites, the Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer, or GOCE, had run out of fuel caused no known damage after re-entering the Earth's atmosphere.

European Space Agency said the satellite re-entered the atmosphere at about 0000 GMT Monday on a descending orbit pass that extended across Siberia, the western Pacific Ocean, the eastern Indian Ocean and Antarctica.

European Space Agency says "as expected, the satellite disintegrated in the high atmosphere and no damage to property has been reported.

The Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer, was launched in 2009 to map the Earth's gravitational field.

European Space Agency says its information is being used to understand ocean circulation, sea level, ice dynamics and the Earth's interior.

European Space Agency's satellite's been gradually descending over the last three weeks after running out of fuel Oct. 21.

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