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ESA's dart-like Gravity field and Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) Earth Explorer orbited as close to Earth as possible - just 260 km up - to maximise its sensitivity to variations in Earth's gravity field. Launched in 2009, GOCE's state-of-the-art gradiometer mapped Earth's geoid to an unprecedented level of accuracy, opening a window into Earth's interior structure as well as the currents circulating within the depths of its oceans.

The GOCE mission came to a natural end in October 2013 when it ran out of fuel and reentered our atmosphere on 11 November.

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GOCE satellite housekeeping parameters database published

18 October 2019

We are pleased to announce that all GOCE satellite housekeeping telemetry parameters have been published on the GOCE Virtual Archive.

Release 6 of the GOCE Gravity Field Model variance covariance matrix published

09 July 2019

Release 6 of the GOCE Gravity Field Model variance covariance matrix l is now available on the GOCE Virtual Archive.

Release 6 of the GOCE Gravity Field Model now available

10 June 2019

Release 6 of the GOCE Gravity Field Model is now available on the GOCE Virtual Archive.

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3D Earth in the making

15 May 2019

A thorough understanding of the ‘solid Earth' system is essential for deciphering the links between processes occurring deep inside Earth and those occurring nearer the surface that lead to seismic activity such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, the rise of mountains and the location of underground natural resources. Thanks to gravity and magnetic data from satellites along with seismology, scientists are on the way to modelling inner Earth in 3D.

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Taking gravity from strength to strength

20 March 2019

Ten years ago, ESA launched one of its most innovative satellites. GOCE spent four years measuring a fundamental force of nature: gravity. This extraordinary mission not only yielded new insights into our gravity field, but led to some amazing discoveries about our planet, from deep below the surface to high up in the atmosphere and beyond. And, this remarkable mission continues to realise new science today.

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ESA’s gravity-mapper reveals relics of ancient continents under Antarctic ice

07 November 2018

It was five years ago this month that ESA's GOCE gravity-mapping satellite finally gave way to gravity, but its results are still yielding buried treasure – giving a new view of the remnants of lost continents hidden deep under the ice sheet of Antarctica.

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ESA's unexpected fleet of space weather monitors

29 June 2018

A team of researchers, supported under ESA's Basic Activities, has recently investigated a resourceful new method of monitoring space weather. They utilised the data from the Swarm and GOCE Earth Explorer missions, and from LISA Pathfinder to investigate whether platform magnetometer data could also be used for space weather diagnostics.

 

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