Retired satellite OGO-1 is returning on Earth’s atmosphere

OGO-1 is returning to Earth's atmosphere
OGO-1 is returning to Earth's atmosphere

Until the time period of 1969, the satellite namely OGO- 1 has collected valuable data. However, after two years, it was withdrawn. From that time, the satellite kept on moving around on an elliptical orbit. According to the sources, OGO-1 takes only two days for completing its trajectory path around the Earth. Recently, scientists of the University of Hawaii’s Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System (ATLAS) and the University of Arizona’s Catalina Sky Survey (CSS) have estimated that the satellite is going to reenter the Earth’s atmosphere. The researchers pointed at the 29th August to witness the revolutionary come back of the satellite. This article will give you some exciting insights into this news piece. Also, you would get to learn about OGO-1. So, make sure to read the article till the end. 

What is OGO-1? 

OGO_ 1 is the abbreviation of Orbiting Geophysics Observatory 1 spacecraft. It is actually a satellite that Nasa launched back in September 1964. The latest updates indicate that the satellite will be retiring soon. It is because the gravity of the Earth will be reaching its atmosphere finally. The scientists revealed that today around 5:10 PM EDT, the satellite will be re-entering. In a press release on the 27th of August, the officials of Nasa hinted at its coming back. They further stated that OGO-1 will be coming back over the South Pacific around halfway between the Cook Islands and Tahiti. 


Nasa launched this mentioned satellite to assist the researchers in comprehending the magnetic environment of the Earth. OGO-1 also helped the scientists in understanding the manner by which our planet interacts with the Sun while revolving around it. 


Will it create any harm?

While mentioning about the satellite’s re-entry, the scientist disclosed that it will do no harm to the planet. Alongside, OGO-1, the scientists had launched 5 other satellites as well. In fact, all of them have already come back and their debris landed safely on different ocean patches. Prior to today’s event, the most recent spacecraft returned in 2011. The satellite will break into small fragments up in the atmosphere. So, it is not threatful towards our planet. For further assurance, the scientists added that is a normal event that occurred in case of every retired spacecraft.  

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