Month: October 2013

GOCE Gravity Mapping Mission Has Ended

Launched on March 17, 2009 by the European Space Agency (ESA), the low altitude satellite GOCE is set to run out of fuel around October of this year. GOCE, which stands The Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer was launched with the purpose of mapping the Earth’s gravity field at a high level of detail.

Marie Tharp and Mapping the Ocean Floor

As an oceanographic cartographer, Marie Tharp is credited with scientifically mapping the ocean floor in partnership with her colleague Bruce Heezen. Tharp and Heezen’s work was revolutionary, in that led to many discoveries and the theories of continental drift of plate tectonics. Tharp was a pioneer in science both as a woman and for her mapmaking.