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NASA satellite eyes Sochi Olympic sites

06 February 2014

It's not often that the Winter Olympic Games come with an ocean view, but that's what we are getting this year at the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia. Sochi is the warmest city ever to host the winter games, which officially run from 07 through 23 February.

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New risk index for satellite operators

05 February 2014

Scientists, satellite operators, insurance industry and Government policy officials gather this week (7 February 2014) to discuss the latest advances in forecasting and 'nowcasting' that, for the first time, enable 'real-time' risk assessment of space radiation damage to Earth-orbiting satellites.

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World Wetlands Day focuses on agriculture

31 January 2014

The 2014 World Wetlands Day highlights the need for wetlands and the agriculture sector to work together. ESA's GlobWetland II project assists Mediterranean countries in the sustainable use of these areas and demonstrates the evolution of wetlands and agricultural patterns over time.

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NASA maps Earth's croplands from space

29 January 2014

It takes a lot of land to grow food for the world's seven billion people. About a third of Earth's terrestrial surface is used for agriculture. And about a third of that, in turn, is used to grow crops.

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Portugal preps for Copernicus

24 January 2014

With the Copernicus environmental monitoring programme's first satellite nearing launch, Portugal explores how best to exploit this initiative's critical information.

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NASA kicks off its 2014 Earth Campaign

22 January 2014

NASA's 2014 Earth Right Now Campaign began last week, signalling the start of an ambitious year for the agency's Earth science departments. For the first time in more than a decade, NASA will be launching five Earth science missions in a single year.

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Signed, sealed and delivered: New NASA video shows GPM's journey to Japan

16 January 2014

Pack it up, put it on a plane and fly it to Japan. It sounds simple enough, but a new video from NASA shows when your package is a satellite, it's anything but.

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Second spacewalk planned to install UrtheCast cameras

16 January 2014

Russian cosmonauts will step outside the International Space Station later this month for a second try to set up a pair of Earth observation cameras after a cabling issue inside the complex cut short a spacewalk in December.

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Joint mission with India studied as NASA seeks Earth science savings

31 December 2013

Seven years after an independent review board cited the importance of two ambitious Earth science missions, NASA officials are investigating ways to perform scaled-back versions of the original projects that fit within current budget projections.

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NASA transforms access to low-Earth orbit, touches interstellar space, makes unprecedented discovieres and develops cutting-edge technologies in 2013

22 December 2013

In 2013, NASA helped U.S. commercial companies transform access to low-Earth orbit and the International Space Station even as one of the agency's venerable spacecraft was confirmed to have reached interstellar space, and engineers moved ahead on technologies that will help carry out the first astronaut mission to an asteroid and eventually Mars.

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New gossamer sail could bring decomissioned satellites out of orbit

22 December 2013

Researchers from the University of Surrey have developed a new method to bring aging satellites back to Earth so they no longer pose a threat to spacecraft or other probes by continuing to orbit in a nonworking state.

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Envisat - MERIS FRS L1 data available on MERCI

20 December 2013

Following the release of the Envisat MERIS Level 1 Full Resolution Full Swath data (MER_FRS_1P) online via FTP, the products are now also retrievable via HTTP through the MERIS MERCI system.

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New long-lived greenhouse gas discovered by University of Toronto chemistry team

09 December 2013

Scientists from U of T's Department of Chemistry have discovered a novel chemical lurking in the atmosphere that appears to be a long-lived greenhouse gas (LLGHG). The chemical - perfluorotributylamine (PFTBA) - is the most radiatively efficient chemical found to date, breaking all other chemical records for its potential to impact climate.

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Tracking Super Typhoon Haiyan: International effort provides new views of monster storm, saves lives

09 December 2013

By mid-afternoon on 03 November 2013, residents of Manila were sweltering. The high temperature peaked at 88 degrees Fahrenheit, but the tropical humidity made it feel like 102. A few scattered clouds above the capital city of the Philippines offered little protection from the tropical sun. A feeble and irregular breeze hardly stirred the giant Filipino flag hanging outside Malacañan Palace, where the president lives.

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TanDEM-X Intermediate DEM (IDEM): Announcement of Opportunity and Call for Proposals

05 December 2013

On 05 December 2013 a new proposal call for 'TanDEM-X Intermediate DEM' products was launched by DLR.

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Emerging projects featured in 2013 Earth Science Technology Showcase

02 December 2013

Earthzine has partnered with the NASA Earth Science Technology Office (ESTO) to produce this inaugural "Earth Science Technology Showcase," an online forum that features 10 current Earth-observing technology development projects. ESTO principal investigators have submitted articles that highlight their work in developing new and emerging technologies that can enable future Earth science measurements.

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DigitalGlobe foresees billion-dollar business in five years

27 November 2013

Geospatial imagery and services provider DigitalGlobe, which forecasts $635 million in revenue for 2013, expects to be a billion-dollar business in five years by increasing its share of its current $2 billion imagery market, establishing rights in the $10 billion market for geospatial information and tapping into the $30 billion market for information services.

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Envisat - Entire MERIS FRS L1 archive online

20 November 2013

The Envisat MERIS Level 1 Full Resolution Full Swath data (MER_FRS_1P) has now been systematically processed and made available online.

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Student-built satellites, military payloads put into orbit

19 November 2013

Crowned with a record-setting horde of 29 satellites, a Minotaur 1 rocket bounded into space from Virginia on Tuesday night and put on an evening sky show before releasing the medley of spacecraft more than 300 miles above Earth.

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SPOT 6 satellite qualifies for European Copernicus programme

13 November 2013

Astrium Services's SPOT 6 high-resolution satellite has been qualified by the European Space Agency (ESA) to take part in the Copernicus Earth observation programme.

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