Am I the only one to see the irony in a satellite designed to map the Earth's gravity field succumbing to the Earth's gravity? At any rate, a one ton thing is going to break up and start raining down on the planet. Tales of the firey re-entry of satellites have been captivating the public imagination since the 1970s, when Skylab's remains fell down on a small town in Australia, netting the United States' government a littering fine.
Of course, the impending fall of this satellite reminds me of one of my favorite Devo songs:
For Muzak aficianados, there's an easy listening version, which sounds like the soundtrack for a very outré Nintendo game.
Be safe, people, keep an eye on the sky!