Satellite coming down

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The GOCE satellite, which mapped Earth’s gravity, streaks in this image across the sky, creating a meteor. In 2013, it proceeded to fall down to Earth because its fuel ran out.

We knew this would happen. It wasn’t a big deal. For we knew, too, that it would disintegrate in mid-air, distributing its atoms in the Earth’s atmosphere.

What is a big deal? The data GOCE gave us. Click through to the source below and check the whole mission out at ESA’s webpage.

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Image credits: Bill Chater

 

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