Artist's concept of GOCE (Image: ESA)
Artist's concept of GOCE showing engine firing (Image: ESA)
Artist's concept of GOCE showing its far side (Image: ESA)
GOCE entered the Earth's atmosphere after its orbit naturally decayed (Image: ESA)
This morning, at about 1:00 am CET, ESA’s Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) satellite reentered the atmosphere and burned up somewhere along its orbital path extending from Siberia, across the western Pacific Ocean, the eastern Indian Ocean, and to Antarctica. According to the space agency, it disintegrated in the upper atmosphere and though some debris may have reached the surface, no damage was reported.
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