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2010-06-14 09:30:22

The Solar X-Ray Imager instrument aboard the GOES-15 satellite has just provided its first light image of the sun, but it required a lot of experts to make it happen. Scientists and engineers from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have been working to bring the Solar X-Ray Imager (SXI) instrument to full functionality since the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES)-15, formerly known as the GOES-P satellite achieved orbit. GOES-15 launched...

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2010-05-28 10:25:10

Following the eruption of Iceland's Eyjafjallajoekull volcano that spewed huge amounts of ash and grounded numerous flights, more than 50 experts from around the world gathered at a workshop organized by ESA and EUMETSAT to discuss what has been learned and identify future opportunities for volcanic ash monitoring. The experts included meteorologists, ground-based, air-borne and Earth-observation specialists and modelers. While scientists and researchers shared information about the...

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2010-05-06 10:50:00

The volcanic activity that has recently happened in Iceland is making the case for a new satellite tracking instruments. As ash from Eyjafjallajokull grounded more flights this week, Dr. Fred Prata, a remote sensing expert, told an Earth sciences meeting in Vienna that current monitoring from space was good but not good enough. "Of the present suite of satellite instruments, none were developed for the volcanic ash problem," he said. "Therefore, they are sub-optimal for detecting and...

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2010-04-17 10:30:11

The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite known as GOES-13 became the official GOES-EAST satellite on April 14, 2010. GOES-13 was moved from on-orbit storage and into active duty. It is perched 22,300 miles above the equator to spot potentially life-threatening weather, including tropical storm activity in the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. "Just in time for the 2010 hurricane season, NOAA will have one of its newest, technologically advanced satellites closely tracking these...

2010-04-01 09:35:00

SUNNYVALE, Calif., April 1 /PRNewswire/ -- TIROS-1-the first Television and Infrared Observation Satellite-and its successors revolutionized weather observation and forecasting. Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and its heritage companies built every one of the TIROS series of spacecraft, from TIROS-1- launched on April 1, 1960- through NOAA-N Prime, launched on February 6, 2009. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100401/AQ80007) "We at Lockheed Martin are enormously proud of our...

2010-04-01 09:34:00

WASHINGTON, April 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Fifty years ago, the world's first weather satellite lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., opening a new and exciting dimension in weather forecasting. Leaders from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, hailed the milestone as an example of a strong agency partnership and commitment to flying the best Earth observation satellites today and in the future. (Logo:...

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2010-04-01 09:49:02

Fifty years ago, the world's first weather satellite lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., opening a new and exciting dimension in weather forecasting. Leaders from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, hailed the milestone as an example of a strong agency partnership and commitment to flying the best Earth observation satellites today and in the future. The first image from the Television Infrared Observation Satellite, known as TIROS-1, was a fuzzy picture...

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2010-03-29 07:25:00

During the first two weeks of February 2010, the GOES-12 weather satellite observed a record-setting series of "Nor'easter" snow storms which blanketed the mid-Atlantic coast in two blizzards. Washington, D.C. normally averages only 16 inches of snow per year, but this year most of the season's snowfall arrived over several days and the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite called GOES-12 captured the storms. NASA's GOES Project created a movie of GOES satellite data from February...

2010-03-19 13:33:50

Twelve days after a flawless launch, NASA and NOAA's Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-P (GOES-P) reached its proper orbit and was renamed GOES-15. The latest weather satellite will complete its checkout in mid August 2010 and be stored in-orbit, ready for activation should one of the operational GOES satellites degrade or exhaust their fuel. "The NASA team has done an excellent job and the spacecraft performance has been near perfect. Reaching the proper orbit marks a...

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2010-03-19 08:56:01

The tendering process that will result in the supply of Europe's next series of meteorological satellites, Meteosat Third Generation, has reached an advanced stage as ESA invites Thales Alenia Space to enter formal contract negotiations. These negotiations follow rigorous evaluation of the proposals to build the Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) satellites "“ with the Tender Evaluation Board (TEB) meeting three times since October to review the offers. Two consortia responded to the...


Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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