(CNN) -- A 2,000-pound European satellite burned up as it re-entered Earth's atmosphere early Monday, controllers reported.
Re-entry was made close to 1 a.m. Monday (7 p.m. ET), the European Space Agency said.
"As expected, the
satellite disintegrated in the high atmosphere and no damage to property
has been reported," the space agency said.
The Gravity Field and Steady-State Ocean Circulation Explorer -- a European Space Agency
satellite known shorthand as GOCE -- crossed over Siberia, the western
Pacific Ocean, the eastern Indian Ocean and Antarctica upon its
The 5-meter (16-foot)
satellite was launched in 2009 to map variations in the Earth's gravity
in 3-D, provide ocean circulation patterns and make other measurements.
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and not-your-average lithium-ion battery, it lasted more than three
times its expected lifespan before running out of juice on October 21.
In March 2011, the ESA
added another role -- as the "first seismometer in orbit" -- when GOCE
detected sound waves from the massive earthquake that struck Japan.