This weekend, NASA said goodbye to their 56-year-old satellite which was set to be retired in a blaze of fire.
The Orbiting Geophysics Observatory 1 (OGO-1) satellite was sent to space to study how the Sun affects the Earth's magnetic field between 1964 and 1969. After 56-years of work, OGO is now in a peaceful retirement. It is said that the satellite will make its way back to Earth and will show a light for the last time as it will incinerate as it re-enters the atmosphere.
Although the news that a 1,000-pound satellite will come firing back to Earth might raise the hair on your neck, NASA has confirmed that OGO-1's dramatic demise is all part of the plan.
"The spacecraft will break up in the atmosphere and poses no threat to our planet – or anyone on it – and this is a normal final operational occurrence for retired spacecraft," read the NASA press release.
According to the statement, the OGO-1 has been the last bastion of the OGO program for years now, seeing that all five of the other OGO satellites that have all launched in the 1960 have already been retired in a similar way.
Decades after it stopped being of any use to NASA, the time has arrived for OGO-1 to finally go out the same way as its sisters.