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Antarctic Research Shows SMOS And GOCE Data Similarities
2014-01-09 12:58:44

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers who braved the harsh conditions of the Antarctic ice sheet will help bring about a better understanding of what lies beneath the South Pole. Dome-C on the Antarctic Plateau is one of the coldest places on Earth. The region is extremely dry and is essentially a cold-barren white desert. While these conditions are not ideal for a vacation, they do offer a stable place to check the validity of data from the European Space...

Primary GOES-R Instrument Cleared For Installation
2013-10-31 12:41:00

[ Watch the Video: The Future of Weather Monitoring ] NASA A key instrument that will fly on the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite – R (GOES-R) spacecraft, NOAA’s next-generation of geostationary satellites, is cleared for installation on the spacecraft. The Advanced Baseline Imager, or ABI, is GOES-R’s primary instrument for scanning Earth’s weather, oceans, and environment and is a significant improvement over instruments on NOAA’s current...

New GOES Satellite Will Provide Better, Faster Data To Forecasters
2013-07-16 15:21:42

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The next generation of GOES satellites will have the ability to take full-disk images of Earth at five-minute intervals. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) GOES-R satellite will be able to snap images of everything it can see in the same length of time it takes the current Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) series to capture a small image of a stormy region. NASA says this upgrade will...

Now Available: New Live Bi-ocular Animations Of Two Oceans
2013-04-08 12:20:18

NASA [ Watch The Video Bi-ocular Animations of Two Oceans ] NOAA's GOES-13 and GOES-15 weather satellites sit 60 degrees apart in a fixed orbit over the eastern and western U.S., respectively, providing forecasters with a look at the movement of weather systems in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The GOES Project at the NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. announced the creation of satellite animations of both GOES-13 and GOES-15 to show continuous views of both oceans,...

2013-03-21 12:22:05

WASHINGTON, March 21, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA and the Department of the Interior's U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have released the first images from the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) satellite, which was launched Feb. 11. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The natural-color images show the intersection of the United States Great Plains and the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains in Wyoming and Colorado. In the images, green coniferous forests...

Climate Is The Hot Topic In Doha
2012-12-07 18:50:23

ESA ESA joined international delegates in Doha, Qatar, to discuss how satellite observations show our planet´s most sensitive areas reacting to climate change — and how this information is useful to the people living there. After almost two weeks of talks and negotiations, the UN Climate Change Conference has entered its final phase, when countries are represented mainly by their Ministers of Environment. During the first week of the ℠COP 18´ Conference of the...

2012-11-09 10:52:33

NASA has selected a proposal from the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Mass., to build the first space-based instrument to monitor major air pollutants across the North American continent hourly during daytime. The instrument, to be completed in 2017 at a cost of not more than $90 million, will share a ride on a commercial satellite as a hosted payload to an orbit about 22,000 miles above Earth's equator. The competitively selected proposal, Tropospheric Emissions:...

Envisat: Focus On Space Debris
2012-10-12 08:37:43

Space debris came into focus last week at the International Astronautical Congress in Naples, Italy. Envisat, ESA´s largest Earth observation satellite, ended its mission last spring and was a subject of major interest in the Space Debris and Legal session. Envisat was planned and designed in 1987—1990, a time when space debris was not considered to be a serious problem and before the existence of mitigation guidelines, established by the UN in 2007 and adopted the next year by...

Sweet News From Belgium
2012-06-21 04:09:43

Many people know and crave delicious Belgian chocolate, but might not be aware that the Belgian city of Tienen is known as the ℠Sugar City´ of Europe. And satellites are helping to grow the crop that makes our taste buds tingle. Central Belgium´s Tienen is the home base for one of the world´s biggest producers of sugar beet seeds, SESVanderHave. A key element to producing world-class sugar beet seeds is tailored agricultural practices with continuous monitoring of...

Images Of Envisat Taken, ESA Still Scrambling To Make Contact
2012-04-20 11:21:16

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com The European Space Agency (ESA) lost contact with its flagship Earth observing satellite almost two weeks ago, but the space agency hasn't skipped a beat in trying to make contact with Envisat. The recovery team at ESA is using every source available to try and determine if Envisat has entered its "safe mode."  This mode sees that the satellite placed its solar panels in a position so that it can draw power from the Sun. ESA said on Friday that...