REPORT - BOOM! Satellite To Crash-Land On Earth Sunday AfternoonSubmitted by emalvini on Sun, 11/10/2013 - 16:32
REPORT - BOOM! Satellite To Crash-Land On Earth Sunday Afternoon
By FOX NEWS
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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