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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...

ESA Still Trying To Communicate With Flagship Satellite
2012-04-13 11:16:28

Ground controllers from the European Space Agency (ESA) are still trying to make contact with the space agency's flagship Earth observation mission, Envisat. Radar pictures taken from the ground appear to show that the satellite is intact, but there is no confirmation that Envisat has entered the "safe mode" of an ailing spacecraft. During this mode, the spacecraft ensures the solar panel is pointed at the Sun and that onboard power systems are prioritized above all other activity....

Satellite Observes Rapid Ice Shelf Disintegration In Antarctic
2012-04-06 04:16:49

As ESA´s Envisat satellite marks ten years in orbit, it continues to observe the rapid retreat of one of Antarctica´s ice shelves due to climate warming. One of the satellite´s first observations following its launch on 1 March 2002 was of break-up of a main section of the Larsen B ice shelf in Antarctica — when 3200 sq km of ice disintegrated within a few days due to mechanical instabilities of the ice masses triggered by climate warming. Now, with ten years of...

Envisat Celebrates 10th Birthday
2012-03-01 10:28:16

[ Watch the Video ] In the early hours of 1 March 2002, the largest Earth observation satellite ever built soared into orbit from ESA´s launch base in Kourou, French Guiana. For a decade, Envisat has been keeping watch over our planet. The eight-ton satellite has doubled its planned five-year lifetime, circling Earth more than 50 000 times. With ten sophisticated optical and radar sensors, the satellite is continuously observing and monitoring Earth´s land, atmosphere,...

NASA Renames Earth-Observing Mission In Honor Of Satellite Pioneer
2012-01-26 05:33:09

NASA has renamed its newest Earth-observing satellite in honor of the late Verner E. Suomi, a meteorologist at the University of Wisconsin who is recognized widely as "the father of satellite meteorology." The announcement was made Jan. 24 at the annual meeting of the American Meteorological Society in New Orleans. NASA launched the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Preparatory Project, or NPP, on Oct. 28, 2011, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California....

Image 1 - Scientists Find An Abundance Of Fresh Water In The Arctic
2012-01-23 08:09:14

[ Watch the Video ] A massive pool of fresh water in the Arctic Ocean -- a result of melting ice and river runoff -- has been discovered by British scientists who believe it is expanding and could lower temperatures in Europe by causing the ocean current to slow down. Scientists from University College London and Britain´s National Oceanography Center found that the western Arctic´s sea surface has risen by 6 inches since 2002. The rise could be due strong Arctic winds...

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2011-06-07 07:56:33

NASA's Terra Satellite, the GOES-13 and GOES-11 satellites all captured images of the ash plume from southern Chile's Puyehue-Cord³n Volcano this week. The volcano is located in Puyehue National Park in the Andes of Ranco Province of Chile. The Terra satellite flew over the volcano on June 6 at 14:25 UTC (10:25 a.m. EDT). The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument captured a visible image of the eruption that showed the large ash plume blowing northeast, then to...


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