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2011-05-17 12:00:00

WASHINGTON, May 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Final preparations are under way for the June 9 launch of the international Aquarius/SAC-D observatory. The mission's primary instrument, Aquarius, will study interactions between ocean circulation, the water cycle and climate by measuring ocean surface salinity. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Engineers at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California are performing final tests before mating Aquarius/SAC-D to its...

2011-05-13 04:28:56

NASA will hold a news briefing on Tuesday, May 17, at 1 p.m. EDT, on the agency's next Earth-observing satellite mission, Aquarius/SAC-D, scheduled to launch on June 9. The briefing will be held at NASA Headquarters in Washington. Panelists will discuss the international spacecraft mission, a collaboration between NASA and Argentina's space agency, Comisi³n Nacional de Actividades Espaciales (CONAE), with participation by Brazil, Canada, France and Italy. CONAE provided the SAC-D...

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2011-04-07 09:03:41

Melissa Quijada, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. With more than a few stamps on its passport, NASA's Aquarius instrument on the Argentinian Sat©lite de Aplicaciones Científicas (SAC)-D spacecraft will soon embark on its space mission to "taste" Earth's salty ocean. After a journey of development and assembly through NASA facilities, a technology center in Bariloche, Argentina, and testing chambers in Brazil, the Aquarius instrument, set to measure the...

2011-04-04 07:32:38

International journalists who would like to cover the June 9 launch of the Aquarius/SAC-D mission from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California need to apply for credentials by May 9. The three-year mission will provide new insights into how changes in ocean surface salinity relate to fundamental climate processes. The Aquarius/SAC-D liftoff aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket from NASA's Space Launch Complex 2 is targeted for 10:20 a.m. EDT (7:20 a.m. PDT) June 9. Because of U.S....

2010-10-12 11:55:56

In 2000, the International Charter "Space and Major Disasters" was set up on the initiative of ESA (European Space Agency) and CNES (France's Centre national d'©tudes spatiales). Its purpose is to make it easier for emergency services to access satellite data in the event of natural or man-made disasters. On Tuesday October 19, ESA, CNES and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of this Charter, which has been joined by a further seven space...

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2007-09-21 18:57:37

Cleanup and rebuilding teams responding to the devastation across Greece caused by this summer's deadly fires are getting help from space. A series of crisis map products based on satellite acquisitions of affected areas are being provided to aid damage assessment efforts following the activation of the International Charter on Space and Major Disasters. More than 60 people were killed and thousands left homeless in the worst forest fires to hit Greece in decades. According to data from ESA's...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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