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NASA'S NPP Satellite Acquires First ATMS Measurements
2011-11-11 04:05:38

The Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder (ATMS) on board NASA's newest Earth-observing satellite, NPP, acquired its first measurements on November 8, 2011. The image shows the ATMS channel 18 data, which measures water vapor in the lower atmosphere. Tropical Storm Sean is visible in the data, as the patch of blue, in the Atlantic off the coast of the Southeastern United States. The data were processed at the NOAA Satellite Operations Facility (NSOF) in Suitland, Md. The ATMS is one of...

Clear Forecast For Weather-monitoring Mission
2011-11-08 09:54:39

International partners are looking ahead to Europe's second polar-orbiting mission dedicated to operational meteorology — MetOp-B is set for launch next May. The Meteorological Operational satellite program is providing weather data services for monitoring the climate and improving weather forecasts. The first satellite in the series, MetOp-A, was launched in 2006. It continues to collect data on Earth´s temperature, humidity, wind speed, ozone and trace gases such as carbon...

Successful Launch For NASA's NPP Satellite
2011-10-28 06:00:15

[ Watch the Video ] After a five-year delay, NASA´s NPOESS Preparatory Project (NPP) satellite launched from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California this morning at about 2:48 a.m. local time (5:48 EDT) aboard a Delta II rocket. The NPP satellite will be lifted by the rocket to its 512-mile-high orbit above Earth where it should separate from the second stage rocket at about 6:45 a.m. (PDT). The $1.5 billion NPP weather and climate satellite represents a critical first step...

Long-Awaited Earth-Observing Satellite Launching October 28
2011-10-27 06:31:40

NASA's NPOESS Preparatory Project (NPP) Earth-observing satellite will finally be launched after a five-year delay on October 28. The $1.5 billion satellite will lift off on Friday aboard a Delta 2 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. NASA already has a fleet of satellites circling the Earth, but the new satellite is more sophisticated and carries five different types of instruments to collect environmental data. One of the satellite's main missions is to test key...

2011-10-22 05:05:32

On Oct. 28, Reporters are invited to join NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver and NOAA Deputy Administrator Kathryn Sullivan to view the launch of the nation's newest Earth-observing satellite at NOAA's Satellite Operations Facility in Suitland, Md. Garver and Sullivan will be available for interviews following the launch. The National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Preparatory Project, or NPP, is scheduled to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California...


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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