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GOCE completes its mission
- Tue, Oct 22, 2013 | 05:30 - 05:42 GMT | 07:30 - 07:42 CEST
- Tue, Oct 22, 2013 | 15:00 - 15:12 GMT | 17:00 - 17:12 CEST (REPLAY)
- ESA TV Exchange - 16:9
After more than four years in orbit, mapping the Earth’s gravity, ESA’s GOCE mission is coming to an end.
Due to run out of fuel in mid-October, the sleek satellite will begin a natural descent towards the Earth.
Most of the spacecraft will burn up in the atmosphere but its re-entry will be closely monitored from the ground.
GOCE – or Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer – was the first of ESA’s Earth Explorer missions and has significantly improved our understanding of the Earth’s gravitational field.
This A&B Roll includes interview with Rune Floberghagen GOCE Mission Manager in English and Norwegian.
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- Satellite Parameters
Eutelsat 9A at 9 degrees E, transponder 59, downlink frequency 11900.1 horizontally polarised, symbol rate 27,500 FEC 2/3.