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Out of xenon, space seismometer GOCE closing in on crash with Earth

US and European space scientists continue to work to predict the potential terranean fallout range from a snazzy one-ton European satellite called the GOCE that has sputtered out of fuel and is now orbiting the earth in ever tighter and faster circles, unable to resist the very gravity it has…

Satellite measures gravity’s effect on climate change

PARIS — After nearly two years in space, the European satellite GOCE has collected the raw data needed to map variations in Earth’s gravity field, the European Space Agency has said. The data will help scientists better understand the impact of climate change on sea levels, ice sheets, and ocean…