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2009-10-20 16:21:00

HAMPTON, Va., Oct. 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An Earth observing satellite that provides new insight into the role that clouds and atmospheric aerosols play in regulating weather, climate, and air quality has hit its target two billion times. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations (CALIPSO) mission, developed by NASA's Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va., and the French space agency...

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2009-10-05 11:10:00

While the SMOS and Proba-2 launch campaigns are progressing well in Plesetsk, Russia, operations teams in France and Spain have also been getting ready for launch on November 2. Over the last couple of weeks, the operations teams have taken part in the final dress rehearsal for the Launch and Early Orbit Phase (LEOP) of the mission. This simulation campaign complements two earlier dry-runs that were carried out in January and March and which simulated normal operating conditions. This dress...

2009-09-18 15:28:10

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and French Space Agency President Yannick d'Escatha signed four agreements in support of U.S. and French space cooperation during a ceremony Thursday at NASA Headquarters in Washington. "The French Space Agency has a long history of participating with NASA in Earth and space science missions," Bolden said. "I am pleased to see this cooperation expand as we look to further engage the international community in exploring space." The Centre National d'Etudes...

2009-09-18 11:02:00

WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and French Space Agency President Yannick d'Escatha signed four agreements in support of U.S. and French space cooperation during a ceremony Thursday at NASA Headquarters in Washington. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) "The French Space Agency has a long history of participating with NASA in Earth and space science missions," Bolden said. "I am pleased to see this cooperation...

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2009-06-22 09:35:00

Following an agreement between ESA, Krunichev Space Centre and Eurockot Launch Services, ESA's next Earth Explorer mission SMOS and a secondary payload, the technology demonstrator Proba-2 satellite, will now launch on November 2 2009. The new November launch date follows a rescheduling of the previously announced date of September 9. Both the Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) satellite and the secondary payload Proba-2, which is ESA's second Project for Onboard Autonomy mission,...

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2009-05-28 07:15:00

ESA's next Earth Explorer, SMOS, has just passed the all-important Flight Acceptance Review, signifying that all the elements that make up the mission are in place for launch later this year. The satellite can now be prepared for its journey to the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia. The Flight Acceptance Review is a formal procedure to ensure that all the mission elements are in order and ready for launch. These elements not only include the satellite, but also the readiness of the...

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2009-04-27 10:40:00

Following confirmation from Eurockot Launch Services that they will launch ESA's SMOS mission on September 9 this year, the satellite has just been taken out of storage "“ providing an opportunity for the media to view the satellite before it is prepared for shipment to the launch site in Russia. The Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) mission is the next Earth Explorer in line for liftoff after the successful launch of the Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation...

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2009-04-20 15:25:00

The European Space Agency on Monday announced a short delay of the Herschel and Planck telescopes to give ESA and Arianespace additional time to complete final and independent checks. Both Herschel and Planck telescopes were set to launch May 6, but ESA officials announced that date would be pushed back "due to an anomaly discovered during tests on a subassembly identical to the one on the Ariane 5 launcher," according to a press release. ESA added that both satellites are "in perfect...

2009-04-16 13:19:00

HAMPTON, Va., April 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A space-borne lidar mission developed by NASA and the French space agency Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES) has successfully made the switch from its first laser to its back-up, guaranteeing a continued stream of data that is allowing scientists to better understand the complex roles clouds and aerosols play in Earth's climate. The extended data set will help capture the pattern of year-to-year variations in cloudiness and the...

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2009-02-12 08:25:00

Following word from Eurockot that launch of the Earth Explorer SMOS satellite can take place between July and October this year, ESA, CNES and the prime contractor Thales Alenia Space are now making detailed preparations for the last crucial steps before ESA's water mission is placed in orbit. The Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) satellite has been in storage at Thales Alenia Space's facilities in Cannes, France since May last year awaiting for a third stage of the Rockot launcher to...