Sunday, November 10, 2013

Here she GOCEs - What goes up often comes down. Today (Sunday, Nov 10) may be the day.

Is the sky falling? Yes and no.  Eyes are on the he 2,000-pound Gravity Field and Steady-State Ocean Circulation Explorer -- a European Space Agency satellite known shorthand as GOCE as it completes its death spiral and prepare to enter Earth’s atmosphere.  Hopefully it will put on a show while not harming anyone or anything.

Track GOCE / GOCE / Observing the Earth / Our Activities / ESA
Click the link above to follow the ground track of ESA's GOCE Earth Explorer mission, launched 17 March 2009.

There is no chance of us being affected or even seeing any evidence of this burn up.  70% of the Earth’s surface is water, meaning there’s only a 30% chance of the satellite debris hitting a landmass. The chance of anyone seeing or hearing anything from this satellite reentry is less than seeing the partial eclipse last week and how many people even know that was coming, let alone see it.

Read more in Time Magazine online, Science and Space section:
Duck! Here Comes a Satellite |


  1. Put on your hard hat and shelter in place Gene.

  2. Charlie is going to be there to greet it when it arrives.