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Gravity Field and Steady-State Ocean Circulation Explorer

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Gravity Field and Steady-State Ocean Circulation Explorer

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    The Gravity Field and Steady-State Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) is an ESA satellite that was launched on March 17, 2009.

    GOCE data will have many uses, probing hazardous volcanic regions and bringing new insight into ocean behaviour. The latter, in particular, is a major driver for the mission. By combining the gravity data with information about sea surface height gathered by other satellite altimeters, scientists will be able to track the direction and speed of geostrophic ocean currents.

    Its arrow shape and fins help keep the satellite stable as it flies through the wisps of air still present at an altitude of 260km. The low orbit and high accuracy will improve the known accuracy of the geoid and spatial resolution.

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