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European GOCE satellite falling to Earth – stay calm - Dr Stuart Clark

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I have a new story published on my Guardian blog, Across the Universe:

 

The European GOCE satellite is falling uncontrollably to Earth but no one need worry too much...

 

 

A one-tonne satellite is falling uncontrollably towards the Earth. It is expected to hit sometime late this weekend or early next week. No one knows exactly when or where it will smash down but it is likely to fragment into 25-45 pieces en route.

 

Written in those terms it sounds like pretty scary stuff, and indeed the news is making headlines across the web. Many seem to have been triggered by a piece in the New York Times, titled Satellite Will Fall to Earth, But No One Is Sure Where.

 

You can read the full article here.

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