An artist's illustration of the gravity and ocean mapping GOCE spacecraft in Earth orbit. The four-year-old spacecraft will fall to Earth in November 2013. [Read The Full Story Here]
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GOCE Satellite in Orbit
An artist's interpretation of the GOCE satellite in orbit.
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Final Testing of GOCE Satellite
Solar panel inspection during final testing of GOCE satellite at ESA-ESTEC. The spacecraft is equipped with four body-mounted and two wing-mounted solar panels. In orbit, the same side of the satellite remains facing the Sun.
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GOCE Positioned Horizontally
The European Space Agency's GOCE is shown here positioned horizontally at test facilities in the Netherlands prior to its launch in 2009.
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ESA's GOCE mission has delivered the most accurate model of the 'geoid' ever produced. Red corresponds to points with higher gravity, and blue to points with lower gravity.
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GOCE Satellite Over The Netherlands
Credit: Marco Langbroek/SatTrackCam Leiden station
A farewell photo of the European Space Agency's GOCE satellite was taken by avid satellite tracker, Marco Langbroek of Leiden, Netherlands. Due to its low altitude, the spacecraft zipped across the sky at high speed in deep evening twilight late last month.
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European Gravity Probe Launches Into Space
ESA's GOCE gravity probe launched into orbit atop a Rockot booster from Russia's Plesetsk Cosmodrome on March 17, 2009.
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GOCE - The Formula One of Spacecrafts
Gravity Field and Steady-State Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE): Mapping Earth's gravity field in unprecedented detail.
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GOCE: Launch and Radio Acquisition
ESA's Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) satellite was launched onto a near-Sun-synchronous, low Earth orbit on March 17, 2009
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GOCE Satellite's Ion Thrusters
Credit: ESA/Mohammed Shafiq
View of the ion thrusters used on the European Space Agency's GOCE gravity mapping satellite.
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GOCE in Orbit
Credit: ESA/AOES Medialab
The sleek aerodynamic design of GOCE sets it apart from most other satellites. The unique 16 foot (five meters) long satellite had none of the usual moving parts. The whole satellite is a single composite gravity-measuring device.