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Its mission is to capture high-resolution gravity measurements and produce an accurate gravity map – or geoid – of Earth

Tuesday 12 March 2013, by lobilobop

GOCE becomes first satellite to detect an earthquake from space

The European Space Agency’s Gravity Field and Steady-State Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) satellite was launched on March 17, 2009, as the first of a series of Earth Explorer satellites. Its mission is to capture high-resolution gravity measurements and produce an accurate gravity map – or geoid – of Earth. To increase the resolution of its measurements, GOCE was put into an unusually low orbit, which has also helped it to become the first satellite to sense sound waves from an earthquake from space.
http://www.gizmag.com/goce-japan-earthquake/26608/?utm_source=Gizmag+Subscribers&utm_campaign=39c68eeade-UA-2235360-4&utm_medium=email

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