Here Comes GOCE!

Here Comes GOCE!

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.

More:

“GOCE Satellite Hours Away from Falling to Earth,” Phil Plait, Slate

“Duck! Falling Satellite Arrives on Sunday,” Jeffrey Kluger, TIME

UPDATE (phew!):

“European Space Agency’s Goce satellite falls to Earth,” Jonathan Amos, BBC News

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