Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer - GOCE take-off in September 2008
Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer - GOCE will be launched in a few weeks (10 September 2008). It is one of the biggest event within geodesy this year, hell probably in the history of geodesy. GOCE will improve our knowledge of this planet's gravity so that we eventually can all compare heights based on the same height reference system. And many other cool applications will come out of us knowing our gravity field in more detail also from remote areas such as the Tibetan plateau.
If you are into rocket launching, here is another exciting event to follow directly on the internet. It is a shame that ESA's site is less visited than NASA. There are lots and lots of interesting stuff to read, look at and watch (videos). Use this event to learn more about another great space agency. :-)
Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) will be the first of a series of Earth Explorer satellites in orbit, designed to provide information for understanding critical Earth system variables.
Check out the GOCE launching!