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GOCE completes its mission

Date: Tue, Oct 22, 2013 | 05:30 - 05:42 GMT | 07:30 - 07:42 CEST

Replay: Tue, Oct 22, 2013 | 15:00 - 15:12 GMT | 17:00 - 17:12 CEST

Type: ESA TV Exchange

Format: 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.