• 11/08/2013

ESA-Satellite "GOCE" mapped variations in Earth’s gravity

Research satellite "GOCE" decends back to earth

After having collected a great set of data on the gravity field of the earth, in the night from Sunday to Monday TUM's satellite project "GOCE" came to its scheduled end with the reentry of the satellite into the earth's atmosphere.

"GOCE" burns up passing the Falkland Islands northwards - Foto: Bill Chater
"GOCE" burns up passing the Falkland Islands northwards - Foto: Bill Chater

According to ESA satellite "GOCE" reentered the earth's atmosphere shortly after 1:00 CET on November 11. Heading to Antarctica it passed eastern Siberia and western Australia on its last orbit. No damage to property has been reported.

On its journey the satellite sent an excellent set of data back to earth that helped map the earth's field of gravitiy in unprecedented detail.

TUM-Facebook page on GOCE's re-entry

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Information from the European Space Agency (ESA):

"New York Times" reports on the end of GOCE's mission

Satellite spotting pages

Technical University of Munich

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