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Astrium Selected To Build Sentinel-5 Precursor Satellite
2011-12-09 04:07:53

Furthering Europe´s capacity to monitor atmospheric pollution, ESA has awarded a contract worth 45.5 million to Astrium UK to act as prime contractor for the Sentinel-5 Precursor satellite system. Scheduled to be launched in 2015, Sentinel-5 Precursor (Sentinel-5P) will be the first satellite dedicated to monitoring atmospheric chemistry for the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) program. Astrium UK is now responsible for the delivery and integration of the...

Image 1 - NPP Satellite Acquires First VIIRS Image
2011-11-23 04:39:50

[ Watch the Video ] The Visible Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) onboard NASA's newest Earth-observing satellite, NPP, acquired its first measurements on Nov. 21, 2011. This high-resolution image is of a broad swath of Eastern North America from Canada´s Hudson Bay past Florida to the northern coast of Venezuela. The VIIRS data were processed at the NOAA Satellite Operations Facility (NSOF) in Suitland, Md. VIIRS is one of five instruments onboard the National...

NASA'S NPP Satellite Acquires First ATMS Measurements
2011-11-11 04:05:38

The Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder (ATMS) on board NASA's newest Earth-observing satellite, NPP, acquired its first measurements on November 8, 2011. The image shows the ATMS channel 18 data, which measures water vapor in the lower atmosphere. Tropical Storm Sean is visible in the data, as the patch of blue, in the Atlantic off the coast of the Southeastern United States. The data were processed at the NOAA Satellite Operations Facility (NSOF) in Suitland, Md. The ATMS is one of...

Video Captures Draconid Meteor
2011-10-25 11:01:45

[ Watch the Video ] This video catches the moment when a Draconid meteor exploded in Earth's atmosphere earlier this month. The dramatic footage comes from a campaign to observe this important meteor shower using aircraft to beat the clouds.   On the evening of Saturday 8 October, Earth plunged through a stream of dust and rocks that had been expelled into space by the comet Giacobini—Zinner. The resultant meteor shower lit the skies over Europe with shooting stars. The...

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2011-08-08 12:12:51

The NASA National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) Preparatory Project (NPP) has successfully completed its most comprehensive end-to-end compatibility test of the actual satellite and all five scientific instruments at Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp's production and test facility in Boulder, Colo. During the four-week NPP Compatibility Test 4 (NCT4), all segments of the ground system were assessed including active commanding of the satellite as well...

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2011-07-16 08:09:18

Fires raging in central Africa are generating a high amount of pollution that is showing up in data from NASA's Aura Satellite, with the ominous shape of a dark red butterfly in the skies over southern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and northern Angola. An image of the pollution from agricultural fires in central Africa was created from data of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels over the period from July 7 to 12, 2011. It was created from Ozone Measuring Instrument (OMI) data using...

2011-05-24 08:40:00

GREENBELT, Md., May 24, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The NASA National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) Preparatory Project (NPP) climate and weather satellite has successfully passed all environmental testing with the recent completion of thermal vacuum testing at Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp's production and test facility in Boulder, Colo. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO ) The two months of testing verified that...

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2011-05-16 11:33:49

The research aircraft Polar 5 of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in the Helmholtz Association returned to Bremerhaven from a six-week expedition in the high Arctic on May 6. Joint flights with aircraft of the European and American space agencies (ESA and NASA) were a novelty in sea ice research. Simultaneous measurements with a large number of sensors on three planes underneath the CryoSat-2 satellite led to unique data records. Furthermore, the international team...

2011-03-02 09:09:00

HAMPTON, Va., March 2, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- After nine years in a clean room, an instrument that studies the Earth's atmosphere and protective ozone layer has been returned to service. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110302/DC57724) (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) NASA's Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment III-ISS (SAGE III-ISS) will measure ozone, water vapor and aerosols in the atmosphere when it is attached to the...


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  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
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