May 20, 2024

On This Day in Space! Nov. 10, 2013: Europe’s GOCE Satellite falls from space

The little spacecraft broke up in the atmosphere and didnt cause any residential or commercial property damage.Artists conception of the European Space Agencys Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) satellite in orbit. The European Space Agency called the objective a success. Still not sufficient area?

On Nov. 10, 2013, Europes GOCE satellite fell to Earth. GOCE is brief for Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer. Its mission was to map Earths gravitational field. GOCE did this for 4 years. It ran out of fuel. Controllers werent sure where GOCE would fall back to Earth or remain in orbit. Some people fretted that it may crash into an inhabited location. The little spacecraft broke up in the environment and didnt cause any property damage.Artists conception of the European Space Agencys Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) satellite in orbit. The $450 million satellite introduced in 2009 to study Earths gravity field in extraordinary information and will fall to Earth in 2013. (Image credit: ESA/ AOES Medialab) It disintegrated about 50 miles above the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic Ocean. The European Space Agency called the mission a success. GOCE lasted far longer than anticipated. It showed small variations in Earths gravity, mapped the structure of Earths crust and mantle, and tracked ocean currents.Catch up on our whole “On This Day In Space” series on YouTube with this playlist. On This Day in Space Archive! Still insufficient area? Dont forget to examine out our Space Image of the Day, and on the weekends our Best Space Photos and Top Space News Stories of the week. Email Hanneke Weitering at [email protected] or follow her @hannekescience. Follow us @Spacedotcom and on Facebook..