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NASA's newest Earth observing mission, the International Space Station-Rapid Scatterometer, or ISS-RapidScat, is collecting its first science data on ocean wind speeds and direction following its successful installation and activation on the exterior of the station's Columbus module.
The ocean covers 71 percent of Earth's surface and affects weather over the entire globe. Hurricanes and storms that begin far out over the ocean affect people on land and interfere with shipping at sea.
Ocean waves, the hot sun, sea breezes -- the right combination makes a great day at the beach. A different combination makes a killer hurricane. The complex interactions of the ocean and the air above it that can create such different outcomes are not yet fully known. Scientists would especially like to understand the role that the daily heat of the sun plays in creating winds.
Today (June 19) marks the 15th anniversary of the launch of NASA's QuikScat, a satellite sent for a three-year mission in 1999 that continues collecting data.
A new NASA Earth-observing mission that will measure ocean winds from the International Space Station has arrived at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida to begin final preparations for launch.
NASA's ISS-RapidScat was made from spare parts on a short time scale. The mission will monitor ocean winds from the International Space Station.
Thirty-five years ago this week, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory launched an experimental satellite called Seasat, with the mission to study Earth and its seas. An unexpected malfunction ended the mission after just 106 days, leading some to look on the satellite as a failure.
NASA will launch the ISS-RapidScat instrument to the International Space Station in 2014. Reusing hardware built to test parts of the QuikScat satellite, the new instrument will measure ocean-surface wind speed and direction.
A megadrought that started in 2005 is still affecting a portion of the Amazon rainforest twice the size of California, a new study led by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) finds.
Water held in soil plays an important role in the climate system. The dataset released by ESA is the first remote-sensing soil moisture data record spanning the period 1978 to 2010 – a predecessor of the data now being provided by ESA’s SMOS mission.
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