Grandfather Satellite ERS-2 Set to Make Uncontrolled Earth Re-Entry.

Grandfather Satellite ERS-2 Set to Make Uncontrolled Earth Re-Entry.
ERS-2

Written By : Leah De-Graft Takyi

ERS-2, the European Space Agency's groundbreaking satellite often referred to as the 'grandfather of Earth observation in Europe,' is making headlines as it faces an uncontrolled re-entry into Earth's atmosphere.


After concluding its operations in 2011, this two-tonne satellite is expected to burn up during its descent, with any surviving debris likely to land in the ocean. ERS-2, along with its twin ERS-1, played a pivotal role in transforming Earth observation technology, monitoring changes in land, oceans, and the atmosphere.


While the uncontrolled re-entry emphasizes the pressing need for stricter measures in managing space debris, it also serves as a poignant reminder of the significant contributions this satellite made to advancing our understanding of Earth. The event highlights the importance of responsible satellite disposal and brings attention to the growing challenge of space debris orbiting our planet.

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