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New Landsat 8 Images Available Free Online
2013-06-12 13:00:28

Watch the video "Landsat Looking At El Paso, Texas" Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online More than 40 years after the launch of its first satellite, the Landsat program continues to deliver comprehensive and publicly available satellite imagery. Earlier this month, images from the program´s latest satellite Landsat 8 were made available via the Internet. “These are scientific data, as much as they´re beautiful images,” said Doug Morton, a physical...

2013-06-07 12:59:44

DMCii and long-term partner Spacemetric, have successfully delivered an image from satellite to end-user in just 11 minutes, as part of a demonstration at the European Space Agency´s ℠Big Data from Space´ conference, where industry experts discuss how to distribute large volumes of data from space to the people that need it. An image of Rome (where the event is being held) was acquired at 09:17 UTC on Wednesday the 5th June and it was processed and made available by 09:28...

International Space Station Conducts SPHERES-VERTIGO Investigation
2013-04-18 13:11:32

NASA [ Watch The Video ISS Update: SPHERES-VERTIGO ] It looks like something out of a sci-fi movie...free-formation-flying robotic spheres hovering around the International Space Station with goggles on. The Visual Estimation and Relative Tracking for Inspection of Generic Objects (VERTIGO) study, a part of the Synchronized Position, Hold, Engage and Reorient Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) investigation explores the use of small satellites equipped to analyze and capture data from...

Russian Satellite Nailed By Chinese Space Debris, Orbit Affected
2013-03-12 14:50:23

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Besides ruining the appearance of a landscape, litterbugs contribute to unsanitary and unsafe conditions, resulting in many communities issuing steep fines for anyone caught tossing their trash where it doesn´t belong. A recent event involving a Russian satellite suggests that we may have to take our approach to litterbugs and apply it to outer space as well. According to a report from the Colorado-based Analytical Graphics,...

Fourth Round Of CubeSat Space Mission Candidates Announced By NASA
2013-02-27 11:29:44

NASA NASA has selected 24 small satellites to fly as auxiliary payloads aboard rockets planned to launch in 2014, 2015 and 2016. The proposed CubeSats come from universities across the country, a Florida high school, several non-profit organizations and NASA field centers. CubeSats belong to a class of research spacecraft called nanosatellites. The cube-shaped satellites measure about 4 inches on each side, have a volume of about 1 quart, and weigh less than 3 pounds. The selections...

World’s First 'Phonesat' Successfully Launched Into Orbit
2013-02-26 20:56:50

Surrey Satellite Technology Limited [ Watch The Video The World´s First Smartphone In Space ] STRaND-1, a nanosatellite carrying a smartphone, has successfully launched into Space from India today. - STRaND-1 will fly the world's first smartphone in orbit and is the UK´s first CubeSat launched. - The satellite flies a Google Nexus One smartphone, a new Linux-based high-speed processor and attitude & orbit control system, and two novel propulsion systems (8 pulsed...


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2004-10-19 04:45:44

Iridium Satellite -- The Iridium satellite constellation is also a system of 66 active communication satellites and spares around the earth. Named for the element Iridium, it was originally to have 77 active satellites, but was later redesigned to have its current number, though the name was retained. Iridium allowed worldwide voice and data communications using handheld devices. The Iridium service once failed financially and the earth stations were shut down. Its financial...

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omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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