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October 22nd, 2013

Thales Alenia Space—A Case Of Terminal Travel (Satellite)

Artistic rendition of the GOCE satellite is courtesy of the European Space Agency.
[SatNews] After more than four and a half years in orbit, GOCE (Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer), the most sophisticated satellite ever to investigate the Earth’s gravitational field and map the basic shape of our planet, is coming to the end of its mission.

For more information regarding Thales Alenia Space, please access this direct link to their website.

Developed and built by Thales Alenia Space for the European Space Agency (ESA), in the next few days the GOCE satellite will self-destruct during atmospheric reentry from its final operational orbit at an altitude of 229 kilometers. The satellite had an extended lifetime of 35 months.