Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 26 July 2014

Satellite 'set to miss Europe'

Research satellite GOCE flies above earth. The European Space Agency says it will crash to Earth on Sunday night, most likely over the ocean or polar regions. (AP Photo/European Space Agency,ESA)
Research satellite GOCE flies above earth. The European Space Agency says it will crash to Earth on Sunday night, most likely over the ocean or polar regions. (AP Photo/European Space Agency,ESA)
The European Space Agency says a research satellite which ran out of fuel is most likely crash to Earth into the ocean or polar regions

A research satellite which ran out of fuel by the European Space Agency is most likely crash to Earth into the ocean or polar regions, the European Space Agency (ESA) said today.

The crash is expected to occur between 1830 GMT today and 0030 GMT tomorrow and "with a very high probability, a re-entry over Europe can be excluded."

Spokeswoman Jocelyne Landeau said the satellite, GOCE, will mostly disintegrate as it comes down and "we will have only a few pieces which could be 90 kilograms at the most".

ESA said that humans are 250,000 times more likely to win the lottery than to get hit by the debris.

GOCE was launched in 2009 to map the Earth's gravitational field.

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The agency said Sunday the crash is expected to occur between 1830 GMT Sunday and 0030 GMT on Monday (1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. EST).

It says "with a very high probability, a re-entry over Europe can be excluded."

Spokeswoman Jocelyne Landeau said the satellite, GOCE, will mostly disintegrate as it comes down and "we will have only a few pieces which could be 90 kilograms at the most."

ESA said Friday that humans are 250,000 times more likely to win the lottery than to get hit by the debris.

GOCE was launched in 2009 to map the Earth's gravitational field.

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