The International Charter: Space and Major Disasters has launched its 2012 Annual Report describing the Charter's activities throughout 2012. The International Charter is a mechanism by Space agencies worldwide to provide for disasters and emergencies. The Charter was activated 40 times for disasters in 27 countries in 2012.
ESA's Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) mission will end this year. It has begun its decent towards Earth and will be reentering our atmosphere probably in mid-October. Having nearly tripled its planned lifetime, this Gravity field and steady-state mission has successfully mapped variations in Earth’s gravity with extreme detail.