Falling European satellite burns up upon re-entry

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UPDATE:  A 2,000-pound European satellite burned up as it re-entered Earth’s atmosphere early Monday, controllers reported.

Re-entry was made close to 1 a.m. Monday (7 p.m. ET), the European Space Agency said.

“As expected, the satellite disintegrated in the high atmosphere and no damage to property has been reported,” the space agency said.

The Gravity Field and Steady-State Ocean Circulation Explorer — a European Space Agency satellite known shorthand as GOCE — crossed over Siberia, the western Pacific Ocean, the eastern Indian Ocean and Antarctica upon its re-entry.

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