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Historic Space Station Deployment Sends CubeSats in Orbit
2012-12-10 20:00:10

NASA Typically satellites launch from Earth, requiring dedicated launch vehicles to propel them into the proper orbit. The cost for this launch scenario could be reduced considerably if there was another way to get the satellites into their optimal orbit. The Japan Aerospace and Exploration Agency (JAXA) found a way to cut the costs of this activity by designing a small satellite launcher, installed recently on the International Space Station. The Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) Small...

Cyclone Claudia Eyeballs NASA
2012-12-10 16:50:49

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center NASA's Aqua satellite got "eyeballed" from Cyclone Claudia in the Southern Indian Ocean when two instruments captured the storm's eye in infrared and visible light. Satellite data indicates that Claudia's eye is about 10 nautical miles wide. On Dec. 10 at 0841 UTC (3:41 a.m. EST), NASA's Aqua satellite's Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) instrument captured an infrared view of Cyclone Claudia which showed a clear eye surrounded by powerful...

Typhoon Bopha's Philippines Rainfall Totals From Space Compiled By NASA
2012-12-07 16:16:39

NASA NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission, or TRMM satellite can estimate rainfall rates from its orbit in space, and its data is also used to compile estimated rainfall totals. NASA just released an image showing those rainfall totals over the Philippines, where severe flooding killed several hundred people. Bopha is now a tropical storm in the South China Sea. High winds, flooding and landslides from heavy rains with Typhoon Bopha have caused close to 300 deaths in the southern...

JAXA Developing Humanoid Robot For ISS Astronauts
2012-12-03 19:32:35

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online It can get cold and lonely up there in the dark, vast expanses of outer space. It´s bad enough feeling utterly alone, but to know it, to see just how far away you are physically separated from any other human being, can make spending 6 months in the International Space Station a little unbearable. Therefore, some researchers from the University of Tokyo, in conjunction with robot maker Tomotaka Takahashi and ad agency...

JAXA Data Stolen By Malware
2012-12-01 09:51:03

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online Information about one of the Japanese space program's newest rockets was stolen from a desktop computer that had been infected with malware, officials from the organization revealed on Friday. A computer housed at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's (JAXA) Tsukuba Space Center northeast of Tokyo had been discovered compiling data and transmitting it to computers outside of the agency, according to Ars Technica's Dan...

Tropical Storm Bopha Moving Through Southern Yap State Seen By NASA
2012-11-30 14:34:43

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center NASA's TRMM and Aqua satellites captured images of Tropical Storm Bopha as it continues to move through Micronesia in the western North Pacific Ocean and trigger warnings and watches throughout. From its orbit in space, NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite captured rainfall rates occurring within Tropical Storm Bopha on Nov. 29 at 0417 UTC (Nov. 28 at 11:17 p.m. EST/U.S.), and noticed the heaviest rainfall was occurring south of...

Landslides For 2010 Confirmed By NASA's TRMM Satellite
2012-11-28 08:46:46

NASA A NASA study using TRMM satellite data revealed that the year 2010 was a particularly bad year for landslides around the world. A recent NASA study published in the October issue of the Journal of Hydrometeorology compared satellite rain data from NASA´s Tropical Rainfall Measurement Mission (TRMM) to landslides in central eastern China, Central America and the Himalayan Arc, three regions with diverse climates and topography where rainfall-triggered landslides are frequent...

NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission Turns 15
2012-11-27 19:47:36

NASA [ Watch The Video ] When it rains it pours, goes the saying, and for the last 15 years, the data on tropical rainfall have poured in. NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) was launched on Nov. 27, 1997, and for the last decade and a half has enabled precipitation science that has had far-reaching applications across the globe. Rain is one of the most important natural processes on Earth, and nowhere does it rain more than across the tropics. Orbiting at an angle to...

Small Area Of Heavy Rain In Fading Tropical Depression 25W Seen By NASA
2012-11-16 11:58:45

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Tropical Depression 25W was raining on southern Vietnam on Nov. 14 when NASA's TRMM satellite passed overhead and measured rainfall rates within the storm. TRMM noticed that the heaviest rainfall was limited to a small area and was located over open waters. NASA's TRMM or Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission satellite was launched in 1997, and can read that rate at which rain falls in storms on Earth from its orbit in space. NASA's TRMM satellite flew...

Hurricane Sandy's Rainfall Added Up From Space By NASA
2012-11-02 07:02:47

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission, or TRMM, satellite acts as a rain gauge in space as it orbits the Earth's tropics. As TRMM flew over Hurricane Sandy since its birth on Oct. 21 it was gathering data that has now been mapped to show how much rain the storm dropped along the U.S. eastern seaboard. Much of the recent deadly flooding along the northeastern United States coastlines was caused by super storm Sandy's storm swell. Strong winds from...


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malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'