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2011-02-08 18:46:31

The Glory spacecraft and its Taurus XL launch vehicle are coming together at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California as NASA gets ready to launch its first Launch Services Program mission of 2011.Researchers are looking for more puzzle pieces to fill out the picture of Earth's climate and Glory was designed to give them the pieces relating to the role tiny particles known as aerosols play in the planet's weather. The spacecraft, about the size of a refrigerator, is also equipped with an...

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2011-01-20 13:32:03

Earth's climate continues to change at a rapid pace. Last week, NASA announced that 2010 was tied as the warmest year on record. Likewise, the last decade was the warmest in the 130-year global temperature record maintained by scientists at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York City. Meanwhile, at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, engineers are preparing NASA's next Earth-observing mission -- a satellite called Glory -- for launch in late February. The...

2011-01-20 12:00:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's newest Earth-observing research mission is nearing launch. The Glory mission will improve our understanding of how the sun and tiny atmospheric particles called aerosols affect Earth's climate. Glory also will extend a legacy of long-term solar measurements needed to address key uncertainties about climate change. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Glory is scheduled to launch from Vandenberg Air Force...

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2011-01-15 11:02:06

Scientists have taken a major step toward accurately determining the amount of energy that the sun provides to Earth, and how variations in that energy may contribute to climate change. In a new study of laboratory and satellite data, researchers report a lower value of that energy, known as total solar irradiance, than previously measured and demonstrate that the satellite instrument that made the measurement"”which has a new optical design and was calibrated in a new way"”has...

2011-01-14 08:39:46

NASA will hold a media briefing on Thursday, Jan. 20, at 1 p.m. EST, about the agency's next Earth-observing satellite mission, Glory, scheduled to launch on Feb. 23. During the briefing at NASA Headquarters in Washington, panelists will discuss the spacecraft's mission to study the impact of the sun and airborne particles on Earth's climate. The panelists are: - Joy Bretthauer, Glory program executive, NASA Headquarters, Washington - Bryan Fafaul, Glory project manager, NASA Goddard Space...

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2011-01-12 08:58:27

The latest Earth-observing satellite developed by NASA, called Glory, arrived Tuesday at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., in preparation for a Feb. 23 launch. Glory was transported by truck from Orbital Sciences Corporation's satellite design, production and testing facility in Dulles, Va. Glory is NASA's next Earth-observing research mission that will improve our understanding of how the sun and airborne particles called aerosols affect Earth's climate. It will join the Afternoon...

2011-01-11 13:13:00

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., Jan. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The latest Earth-observing satellite developed by NASA, called Glory, arrived Tuesday at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., in preparation for a Feb. 23 launch. Glory was transported by truck from Orbital Sciences Corporation's satellite design, production and testing facility in Dulles, Va. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Glory is NASA's next Earth-observing research mission that...

2011-01-11 12:09:00

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Jan. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A NASA spacecraft carrying a Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) sensor designed to measure the global distribution of aerosols in Earth's atmosphere has arrived at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., in preparation for launch. Data provided by the innovative Aerosol Polarimetry Sensor, which will fly aboard NASA's Glory spacecraft, will help scientists better understand how aerosols impact global climate patterns. "The Glory Aerosol Polarimetry...

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2010-12-17 08:16:09

Two satellite instruments aboard NASA's Solar Radiation & Climate Experiment (SORCE) mission -- the Total Solar Irradiance Monitor (TIM) and the Solar Irradiance Monitor (SIM) -- have made daily measurements of the sun's brightness since 2003. The two instruments are part of an ongoing effort to monitor variations in solar output that could affect Earth's climate. Both instruments measure aspects of the sun's irradiance, the intensity of the radiation striking the top of the atmosphere....

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2010-11-23 10:11:47

Engineers at Orbital Sciences Corporation in Dulles, Va., have successfully replaced a faulty component that could have had serious consequences for the Glory satellite, NASA's next climate-monitoring mission. In June, Glory engineers noticed a problem with one of the solar array drive assemblies, or SADAs, that appeared initially like it would take five or six months to repair. However, nimble responses from two engineering companies contracted by the Glory team -- New York City-based...


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tesla
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.