The European Space Agency satellite GOCE is returning to Earth, falling out of its decaying orbit. It will re-enter the atmosphere Sunday night and land … somewhere. GOCE, the Gravity Field and Steady-State Ocean Circulation Explorer, had been mapping ocean currents since 2009. It cost $443 million and weighs about a ton.
“GOCE Satellite Hours Away from Falling to Earth,” Phil Plait, Slate
“Duck! Falling Satellite Arrives on Sunday,” Jeffrey Kluger, TIME
“European Space Agency’s Goce satellite falls to Earth,” Jonathan Amos, BBC News
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