Field Campaign To Probe Ocean Ecology Carbon Cycle Kicked

Field Campaign To Probe Ocean Ecology, Carbon Cycle Kicked Off By NASA

NASA NASA embarks this week on a coordinated ship and aircraft observation campaign off the Atlantic coast of the United States, an effort to advance space-based capabilities for monitoring microscopic plants that form the base of the marine...

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2014-04-28 12:22:00

BOULDER, Colo., April 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. today celebrates the eighth anniversary of on-orbit operations for the CloudSat and Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations (CALIPSO) Earth science satellites. The company designed and built the CloudSat spacecraft bus and the CALIPSO instrument that launched April 28, 2006 to join the constellation of spacecraft called the "A-Train," dedicated to studying the Earth's...

Improving Volcanic Ash Forecasts For Aviation Safety
2013-10-26 05:29:46

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Frequent travelers can agree that flight delays are all too familiar these days. NASA is looking into a potentially dangerous, though much less frequent, problem that has recently caused major disruptions in flight schedules: volcanic eruptions. Ash and tiny, jagged particles are expelled from explosive volcanic eruptions. These particulates can be blown thousands of miles away from their source and are dangerous to airplanes,...

CATS Eye View Of Pollution, Aerosols And Clouds
2013-07-24 13:43:00

NASA Quick looks by a special CATS-eye attached to the International Space Station will help scientists catalog and track particles in Earth's atmosphere and act as a pathfinder for a new satellite planned for 2021. "We're going to do operational Earth science that's new, looking at aerosols, pollution and clouds and real-time inputs to global climate models," said Matthew McGill, principal investigator for the Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (CATS) at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center...

Foreign Airborne Aerosols Invade North America
2012-08-03 07:31:33

[ Watch the Video: Imported Dust in American Skies ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In a joint study between NASA and University of Maryland, College Park, scientists have made the first measurement-based estimate of the amount and composition of tiny airborne particles that arrive over North America each year. With a 3D view of the atmosphere now possible from satellites, the team calculated that dust, not pollution, is the main ingredient. According to the...

Students Help NASA Validate Satellites With Cloud Observations
2011-11-16 05:57:54

In between recess, geography class and eating the lunch their moms packed, NASA scientists have found the time to help validate Earth-observing satellites. These scientists are the younger variety -- students in NASA's S'COOL project (Students' Cloud Observations On-Line), a worldwide effort to collect cloud observations from the ground. The students make observations like a NASA scientist and submit reports for their area to NASA. In return, the students receive a corresponding cloud...

2011-06-09 10:49:00

HAMPTON, Va., June 9, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For a satellite that's only five years old, CALIPSO has accomplished a lot. The Earth-observing spacecraft took its three-billionth photo - actually a "lidar profile" - on June 2. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) June 7 marked the fifth year in space for the Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observation satellite. For images go to...

2011-02-22 06:07:00

BOULDER, Colo., Feb. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Two cloud cameras built by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. will fly aboard NASA's Glory climate-monitoring mission scheduled to launch Wednesday, Feb. 23, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Ball Aerospace designed and built the semi-custom Glory cloud cameras for NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center using standard CT-633 star tracker electronics and custom optics and software. The cloud cameras are mounted separately but will...

2011-01-26 09:38:12

One thousand flight hours might not sound like a lot of time on an airplane, but for a NASA remote-sensing instrument, it's a milestone. The High Spectral Resolution Lidar (HSRL) has flown 1,023.5 hours to be exact, on the King Air B-200 based at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va. Since it was first integrated aboard on Dec. 23 of 2005, the instrument has been winging around the U.S. and beyond, taking atmospheric data. "The HSRL instrument has operated all over the continental...

2011-01-25 06:55:00

European scientists are being asked whether they still want to go ahead with the European Space Agency's (ESA) space laser mission. The EarthCARE satellite would study the role clouds and atmospheric particles play in a changing climate. However, difficulties in developing the spacecraft's lidar instrument means the cost of the venture will rise from $614 to $805 million. ESA is now reviewing the science value and technical risks of proceeding with the mission. "European Space Agency...

2010-10-27 11:55:00

Mention the "A-Train" and most people probably think of the jazz legend Billy Strayhorn or perhaps New York City subway trains "” not climate change. However, it turns out that a convoy of "A-Train" satellites has emerged as one of the most powerful tools scientists have for understanding our planet's changing climate. The formation of satellites "” which currently includes Aqua, CloudSat, Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations (CALIPSO) and Aura...

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