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Satellite To Crash Down to Earth, but where?

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A one-ton research satellite will crash to Earth on Sunday night or Monday - but scientists do not know exactly where it will land.

The European Space Agency (ESA) says its 1,100kg (2,425lbs) structure has already fallen to an altitude of around 100 miles and is spiralling steadily downwards.

Once it reaches 50 miles above the Earth, the GOCE (Gravity Field and Steady-State Ocean Circulation Explorer) satellite will break apart and much of it will burn-up in the atmosphere, scientists say.

http://news.sky.com/story/1166047/satellite-set-to-crash-down-on-earth

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GOCE gives in to gravity

11 November 2013 Close to 01:00 CET on Monday 11 November, ESA's GOCE satellite reentered Earth's atmosphere on a descending orbit pass that extended across Siberia, the western Pacific Ocean, the eastern Indian Ocean and Antarctica. As expected, the satellite disintegrated in the high atmosphere and no damage to property has been reported.

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GOCE gives in to gravity

Phew well that ended well then!!

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Phew well that ended well then!!

It was always likely to end well. No one has ever been injured by space debris.

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Falkland farewell for 'Space Ferrari'

The final moments of the Goce satellite were caught on camera as it blazed across the sky above the South Atlantic.

Falkland Islander Bill Chater managed to record the scene as he returned from a day's outing to see penguins.

“We saw what we first thought was a shooting star,” Bill told me.

“It soon became obvious it was the satellite we had heard about on BBC Radio News an hour before.

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Is there a video anywhere of its reentry? I'd love to see it.

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Probably not

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