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2,000-pound satellite likely incinerated in Earth’s atmosphere

2,000-pound satellite likely incinerated in Earth’s atmosphere

A satellite weighing more than 2,000 pounds plunged into Earth’s atmosphere on Sunday, likely incinerating, officials said.
The GOCE research satellite was set to crash to Earth after it ran out of fuel three weeks ago, The European Space Agency said. Ground stations last contacted the satellite as it passed 75 miles above Antarctica.
Approximately 25 percent of the satellite was expected to survive re-entry into the atmosphere, with debris likely falling into the ocean.
Photo: An artist’s conception of the European Space Agency’s Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) satellite in orbit. The $450 million satellite was launched in 2009 to study Earth’s gravity field in unprecedented detail. (ESA / AOES Medialab)

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