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The pioneering 2-ton satellite is about to fall to Earth

The pioneering 2-ton satellite is about to fall to Earth

credit, European Space Agency

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The European Earth Remote Sensing Satellite weighed about 2.5 tons when launched

  • author, Jonathan Amos
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A pioneering European satellite is expected to fall to Earth in the coming hours.

ERS-2 was a cutting-edge observing platform when it was launched in 1995, and it helped shape the techniques that are now routinely used to monitor the planet.

The device's activity has gradually decreased since it stopped working in 2011.

Now, the device will undergo a violent and uncontrolled “dive” in the atmosphere during Wednesday (2/21).

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