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Since the end of the mission, a number of studies have exploited the GOCE datasets for different purposes.
Full name: Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer
Launched: 17 March 2009 from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia
Duration: After 4 years and 8 months orbiting Earth, the mission came to an end on 11 November 2013, far exceeding its 20-month design life
Industrial Core Team
Thales Alenia Space (Italy) – satellite prime contractor
EADS Astrium GmbH (Germany) – platform contractor
Thales Alenia Space (France) – gradiometer
ONERA (France) accelerometer & system support
The Core Team led a consortium of 41 companies distributed over 13 European countries.
The Rockot launcher that carried GOCE into orbit is a converted SS-19 intercontinental ballistic missile, which was designed as a weapon of war during the early 1970s.
The BAS fossil collection contains approximately 40,000 fossil specimens from Antarctica, including ammonites (pictured) dating back to the Cretaceous period. Both ammonites and dinosaurs disappeared during the same extinction event.
originally posted by: 3n19m470
Many world leaders have visited Antarctica recently for Some good reason... Even Kirill the Pope of the Eastern Orthodox Russian Church went all the way down there.