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NASA’s retro satellite falls to Earth and meets fiery doom after 56 years in space



A long-retired NASA satellite burned in the Earth’s atmosphere over the weekend, confirmed by the agency.

NASA has launched a satellite, the so-called Orbital Observatory of Geophysics 1, or OGO-1, in September 1964, the first in a series of five missions to help scientists understand the Earth’s magnetic environment. OGO-1 was the first to launch, but the last to fall out of orbit; the satellite had been circling the Earth aimlessly since retiring in 1971.


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