Worked and retired decades ago, a NASA satellite recently got a taste of Earth’s gravity as it fell into the pacific ocean right from the space.
The OGO-1 satellite broke up upon entering our planet’s atmosphere. NASA confirmed that the satellite met its end 160 km southeast of Tahiti (Pacific Ocean) on August 29.
The University of Arizona’s Catalina Sky Survey and the University of Hawaii’s Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System had spotted the ‘object’ cursing towards earth on August 25.
Initially they thought it was an asteroid but after closer inspection they confirmed that it was a satellite. Almost 56 years after it was launched into space, NASA’s Orbiting Geophysics Observatory 1 (OGO-1) was finally falling from the sky.
The satellite on entering earth’s atmosphere burned up over the South Pacific ocean, around 160 kilometres (100 miles) southeast of Tahiti, in French Polynesia, NASA said.
According to NASA report, OGO-1 was launched in September of 1964 and was built at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. It was the first of a series of six missions launched, one each year from 1964 to 1969, to better understand our home planet.
In satellite stopped operating in 1969 and was placed on standby mode in 1971.