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Europe’s gravity-mapping GOCE satellite is hours away from falling to the ground

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Nov
2013

Spaceships like Voyager have long disproved the axiom that what comes up, must come down — but the rules still apply to the European Space Agencys GOCE satellite, which ran out of fuel last month and has been slowly making its way back to Earth ever since. The craft, designed to map our planets gravitational field and weighs a full ton, is expected to reenter the atmosphere in spectacular fashion as early as today.

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