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GOCE satellite about to crash to earth

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Reply #1 - Nov 7th, 2013 at 6:47pm  
This web page http://www.n2yo.com/satellite/?s=34602 shows the calculated position in orbit of the GOCE satellite:

An example position image is shown below:
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Remember these are simply calculated results, based on the 2 line elements.

Actual orbit height and position during the final orbits will be different from calculated and also delayed, but the orbit track lines will still give the general idea. Accuracy depends on how recently they update the 2 line elements data set.  If this is done weekly then accuracy will be poor.
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Reply #2 - Nov 11th, 2013 at 10:06am  
Last seen at 22:42 GMT on Sunday as it passed 121km (75 miles) above Antarctica.

Re-entry has now occurred.  Awaiting reports of location, if  observed !

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Data from the United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) indicated that re-entry occurred with the spacecraft starting to break up at 00:16 GMT on Monday 11 Nov, at an altitude of about 80km. This would have put any debris fall in the South Atlantic just east of Tierra Del Fuego.
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