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It’s called GOCE (GO-chay), for Gravity Field and Steady State Ocean Circulation Observer—which is why its friends prefer a simple GOCE—and it’s currently only 105 mi. (169 km) up and descending fast.
What’s more, while GOCE weighs about a ton, most of that mass will break up and vaporize on the way through the atmosphere. A maximum of 45 pieces are predicted to survive, none more than 200 lbs. (90 kg), with a ground footprint no greater than 190 sq. ft. (18 sq m) for the whole mess.
None of that is to rule out all risk. A 200 lb. slab of molten metal crashing through your living room ceiling would be a very bad way to start a Sunday morning. The same piece of ordnance landing in, say, Times Square or a packed Soldier Field would be a bigger problem still. But that won’t happen. Really. (Probably.)
I cant for the life of me figure why the military does not treat this as a drill and vaporize the darn thing. See what we got in a real gotta blow it up situation.
Most likely it will hit in the ocean right?
For some reason the satellite has been gaining in altitude.
Due to constant changes in Earth's upper atmosphere, scientists cannot yet predict where and when GOCE will re-enter.