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2006-01-05 18:15:18

JPL -- The joint NASA/Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales Topex/Poseidon oceanography satellite ceased operations after nearly 62,000 orbits of Earth. The spacecraft lost its ability to maneuver, bringing to a close a successful 13-year mission. "Topex/Poseidon revolutionized the study of Earth's oceans, providing the first continuous, global coverage of ocean surface topography and allowing us to see important week-to-week oceanic variations," said Dr. Mary Cleave, associate administrator...

2005-12-08 09:28:22

ESA -- The second round of the women 'bed rest' experiment being carried out by ESA and CNES has now been completed. The 12 volunteers are back on their feet again, after spending two whole months lying down. At the CNES Institute for Space Medicine and Physiology (MEDES) in Toulouse, this second group of 12 female European volunteers spent 60 days lying down on beds tilted at an angle of 6º, their heads positioned slightly lower than their feet. Lying in this position...

2005-09-15 15:00:00

JPL -- Two NASA satellites, planned for launch no earlier than Oct. 26, will give us a unique view of Earth's atmosphere. CloudSat and Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations (Calipso) are undergoing final preparations for launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. CloudSat and Calipso will provide a new, 3-D perspective on Earth's clouds and airborne particles called aerosols. The satellites will answer questions about how clouds and aerosols form, evolve and...

2005-06-08 13:35:47

ESA -- Earth's oceans are what make this a Blue Planet. Our seas influence the climate, produce most of the oxygen we breathe, serve as a means of transport and a major source of food and resources. Today's World Ocean Day is a chance to learn more about the seas that surround us "“ and how satellite monitoring helps protect them. Wednesday 8 June is the 13th annual World Ocean Day. Created in 1992 at the Earth Summit at Rio de Janeiro, World Ocean Day is an opportunity to...

2005-05-16 17:11:31

NASA -- A NASA spacecraft designed to reveal the inner secrets of Earth's clouds has arrived at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., to begin final launch preparations. The CloudSat spacecraft arrived at Vandenberg from Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., Boulder, Colo., on May 2. Following final tests, it will be integrated onto a Boeing Delta II launch vehicle, sharing its ride into orbit later this year with another NASA spacecraft, the Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder...

2005-02-26 08:35:37

NASA -- Most of us only pay attention to clouds when trying to plan a picnic or an outside activity. But to scientists, they mean much more. Clouds affect temperatures and air quality across the globe and play a crucial role in the planet's climate. Clouds are the link between energy and water in the Earth's climate system; they dominate the energy budget of the Earth and carry the precipitation that redistributes fresh water on the Earth's surface. To aid our stewardship of Earth, we need to...

2005-01-10 17:45:00

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The tsunami that killed thousands around the Indian Ocean was caught by a series of radar satellites, allowing National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists to develop measurements of the wave in mid-ocean. While a tsunami can rise to great heights when it arrives at the shore, such waves are often barely noticeable in the ocean. In this case, scientists found that two hours after the undersea quake that launched the tsunami, the wave was about two feet. An...

2005-01-04 13:30:00

PARIS (AFP) -- Satellites are playing a key role in helping rescue and reconstruction efforts in the Indian Ocean, beaming down images from space of areas worst-affected by the earthquake and tidal waves. "What the logistical teams want are the most up-to-date maps possible of the area, to be able to work on the ground, protect people and try to find free areas to set up makeshift camps as well as to know which roads can be used and which ones are blocked," said Eliane Cubero of France's...

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