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Proba-V Undergoing Testing Prior To Launch
2013-01-14 20:08:31

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The European Space Agency's (ESA) Proba-V microsatellite is going through some testing to ensure it is fully ready to start charting global vegetation every two days. The microsatellite will be launched in April, after which it will be flying a miniaturized version of the Vegetation sensor on France's full-sized Spot-5 satellite. Proba-V is being tested at a specialized Interspace facility in Toulouse, France, undergoing...

Proba-2 Veiwed Three Solar Eclipses Last Night
2012-11-14 11:22:33

[ Watch The Video ( 1 ) ]   [ Watch The Video ( 2 ) ] ESA ESA´s Sun-watching Proba-2 satellite experienced three partial solar eclipses last night while lucky observers watching from northern Australia were treated to a total solar eclipse. During a total solar eclipse, the Moon moves in front of the Sun as seen from Earth, their alignment and separation such that the much closer Moon appears large enough to block out the light from the much more distant Sun....

Are You Ready For A Total Solar Eclipse?
2012-11-13 10:24:35

ESA Tomorrow´s total solar eclipse will only be visible in its entirety to ground-based observers watching from northern Australia, but ESA´s Sun-watching Proba-2 satellite will have a ringside seat from its orbit around Earth. During a total solar eclipse the Moon moves in front of the Sun as seen from Earth, their separation and alignment such that the Moon appears large enough to temporarily block out the Sun´s light. An eerie light is cast over ground observers as...

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2012-08-28 18:15:36

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Every year around this time, hurricanes and tropical storms churn out from the Atlantic ocean, striking the Caribbean Islands and the East and Gulf Coasts of the U.S. As such, every year, this season provides meteorologists the opportunity to monitor and study these deadly and destructive storms, working to better understand these storms and improve their tracking technologies. Using a combination of on-the-ground tools and...

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...

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...

First-class Views Of The World Below
2011-11-21 13:38:29

[ Watch the Video ] Images of some of our planet´s most beautiful features can be seen from the comfort of your Air France aircraft thanks to satellites. Clouds can´t obstruct these views: the crystal waters of the Andaman Islands while en route to Singapore, the snaking Senegal River after taking off from Dakar and the rolling dunes of the Gobi Desert before landing in Beijing. Satellite photos of the landscape below the aircraft are now accessible by passengers on dozens...

Image 1 - Proba-1 Celebrates 10 Years Of Charting Earth's Radiation Belts
2011-11-08 08:43:43

ESA´s Proba-1 recently celebrated its tenth birthday in orbit. Kept busy as an Earth-observing mission, the microsatellite has also been building a detailed picture of changes in our planet´s radiation belts. Smaller than a cubic meter, the technology-testing Proba-1 was launched on 22 October 2001. Among the payloads was ESA´s SREM standard radiation environment monitor, which was turned on a week later. The size of a shoebox, the monitor records high-energy charged...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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