Sent in by ESA’s Christoph Steiger at ESOC.
GOCE is now below 130 km altitude. Spacecraft still in pretty good shape when last seen around 18:30 CET (17:30 UTC) at ESA’s Kiruna ground station in northern Sweden. Our orbit predictions are holding up extremely well; we still have no problems finding GOCE [with our stations].
Attitude control keeps working perfectly. Temperatures of battery and central computer (both located at the front of the spacecraft) now at around 45 degC.
Next contact with GOCE is expected at Kiruna for around 20:00 CET (19:00 UTC).