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REPORT - BOOM! Satellite To Crash-Land On Earth Sunday Afternoon

REPORT - BOOM! Satellite To Crash-Land On Earth Sunday Afternoon

Posted: Nov 09, 2013 11:48 AM PST
Updated: Nov 10, 2013 11:57 AM PST

A 2,000-pound European satellite has run out of fuel and is expected to plunge back to Earth sometime between 1:30 PM EST and 7:00 PM, scientists with Europe's Space Debris Office said Sunday.

As of 9:30 A.M. EST it was over Greenland and racing toward Canada; it will pass over the Dakotas, Colorado and New Mexico shortly. Where precisely it will crash remains up in the air.

GOCE FACTS AND FIGURESFull name: Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer

Launched: March 17, 2009

Launch site: Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia

Mission control: European Space Operations Centre (ESOC), Darmstadt, Germany

Number of instruments: 3

Mission cost: $470 million (including launcher and operations)

Mass: 2,425 pounds

Size: 17.4 feet long, about 3 feet body diameter

Propulsion tank: 88 pounds of xenon

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All clear to evacuate falling-satellite shelters. About 500 pounds of it survived re-entry, and plopped harmlessly into the ocean.

As you were, earthlings.

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