Posts Tagged ‘satellites’

Hello Kitty in Space!

August 18, 2014

Hello Kitty in Space!

Japanese novelty manufacturer Sanrio has put a 1.6-inch-tall Hello Kitty figure into space on board a Hodoyoshi-3 satellite to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the fictional feline’s introduction.

Of course, this isn’t Kitty’s first space trip. Last year Lauren Rojas of Antioch, California launched Hello Kitty 93,625 feet into space as a seventh grade science fair project.


Here Comes GOCE!

November 10, 2013

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.


“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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