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OlympicPark
2012-08-13 11:19:38

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online With the Olympics officially wrapped up, those wishing the international games would never come to an end can look at a new photo taken by a satellite of the Olympic neighborhood to help tickle their fancy until 2016. The European Space Agency's Proba-1 microsatellite snapped a photo of London's Olympic Park with its High Resolution Camera, showing off stadiums where records were broken and hearts were won. The Olympic Park is...

ESA Fixes Proba-1 Satellite
2012-05-14 13:16:58

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com ESA was recently able to make a software fix and get its veteran Earth-observing micro satellite Proba-1 back into full operation. Proba-1 has been in hibernation since last winter, and has been working and orbiting around the Earth for more than a decade. The space agency said that new software from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) allows the satellite to distinguish between genuine star constellations to measure its pointing direction versus...

Image 1 - SMOS Maps Europe’s Dry Autumn Soils
2011-12-08 04:21:57

Dry soil resulting from Europe´s exceptionally warm and dry autumn is being monitored by ESA´s SMOS water mission. The images here show the stark comparison between soil moisture in November 2010 and November 2011. Like the most of the year, this autumn has been particularly dry. In the Netherlands, for example, just 9 mm of rain fell in November, compared to the average of 82 mm. According to the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute KNMI, November was the driest since...

Proba2-1-HR
2011-12-03 12:24:23

Researchers gathered for European Space Weather Week have been presented with the latest results from ESA´s own space weather station: the Proba-2 microsatellite. The unpredictably stormy Sun drives space weather: surges of charged particles can damage satellites, impede space-based services and affect terrestrial power networks. Less than a cubic metre, Proba-2 was launched on 2 November 2009 as a technology demonstrator but is now working as a science mission, having...

Proba-2 Tracks Stormy Sun
2011-12-02 13:09:19

[ Watch the Video ] Researchers gathered for European Space Weather Week have been presented with the latest results from ESA´s own space weather station: the Proba-2 microsatellite. The unpredictably stormy Sun drives space weather: surges of charged particles can damage satellites, impede space-based services and affect terrestrial power networks. Less than a cubic meter, Proba-2 was launched on 2 November 2009 as a technology demonstrator but is now working as a science...

Proba-1 Celebrates 10 Years In Orbit
2011-10-25 11:07:23

A good photographer needs agility. So it is with ESA microsatellite Proba-1, which turns in space to capture terrestrial targets. Celebrating its tenth birthday this week, Proba-1´s unique images are used by hundreds of scientific teams worldwide. A technology demonstrator turned into an Earth observation mission, the microsatellite — just a cubic meter in volume — has acquired nearly 20 000 environmental science images with its main Compact High Resolution Imaging...

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2011-08-25 08:49:19

  Sometimes all it takes is fresh air to get a new lease of life. ESA´s Proba-2 microsatellite is a good example: an influx of nitrogen has replenished its fuel tank, in the process demonstrating a whole new space technology. On 16 August a telecommand was sent from ESA´s Redu ground station in Belgium to boost the gases in Proba-2´s unusual ℠resistojet´ engine. Used to maintain the microsatellite´s orbit at 600 km altitude, this experimental...

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2011-06-10 10:17:04

ESA's Proba-2 small Sun-watcher was among the flotilla of satellites on watch as the Sun erupted spectacularly this week. After years of relative quietness, the Sun is waking up. Tuesday 7 June saw a medium-class M2.5 solar flare, associated with a proton storm, a coronal mass ejection that glanced past Earth on Thursday 9 June and an accompanying burst of radio energy. ESA's Proba-2 satellite was launched in November 2009, during the most inactive period of the solar cycle, but now the Sun...

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2011-03-11 09:18:11

The first calibrated measurements of solar irradiance made by the LYRA instrument on ESA's second PROBA (PRoject for On-Board Autonomy) satellite are now available to the scientific community. Future access to near-real-time data from both of the primary instruments on PROBA-2, SWAP and LYRA, is expected to provide new opportunities to study solar activity and space weather. The payload on PROBA-2 includes two complementary solar observation instruments, SWAP (Sun Watcher using Active pixel...

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2011-01-06 11:03:25

ESA's Proba-2 microsatellite experienced a conjunction of the spheres on Tuesday, as the Sun, Moon and Earth all lined up in front of it. As people on the ground observed the 4 January partial solar eclipse, Proba-2 provided a privileged top-of-atmosphere view "“ at least briefly. Shortly after the Moon partially blocked Proba-2's view of the Sun, the Sun-watching satellite flew into Earth's shadow. At that point "“ when the video seen here goes dark "“ the Sun, Moon,...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.