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Special dataset for GOCE re-entry
11 April 2014
GOCE de-orbiting was started at an equatorial altitude of 224 Km, on 20 October 2013, as the Ion thruster was switched off and GOCE was left to free-fall in the atmosphere.
GOCE eventually disintegrated in the atmosphere on 11 November 2013, at the extremely low altitude of around 115 km.
During GOCE de-orbiting and re-entry, all instruments continued working almost to the end, making this dataset unique.
Source: Earth Online
Image credit: ESA/AOES-Medialab - Artist's concept of GOCE