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SCISAT: Celebrating 15 years of success

14 August 2018

For the past 15 years, Canada's SCISAT satellite has been measuring ozone and ozone-depleting substances. It tracks over 60 atmospheric trace and related gases – more substances than any other satellite in the world – many of which are not monitored by any other space-based instrument.

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Aeolus sealed from view

09 August 2018

As preparations for the launch of ESA's latest Earth Explorer continue on track, the team at Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana has bid farewell to the Aeolus satellite as it was sealed from view in its Vega rocket fairing. Liftoff is set for 21 August at 21:20 GMT (23:20 CEST).

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NASA’s ‘Space Botanist’ Observes California, Nevada Wildfires

02 August 2018

NASA's Ecosystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on Space Station (ECOSTRESS) has captured new imagery of three wildfires burning in California and Nevada -- the first image of its kind to be taken by the agency's newest Earth-observing mission.

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China launches high-resolution Earth observation satellite

31 July 2018

China has launched Gaofen-11, an optical remote sensing satellite, as part of the country's high-resolution Earth observation project.

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Copernicus Sentinel-2 called to action

26 July 2018

The Copernicus Emergency Management Service has been using Sentinel-2 satellite images to help in the assessment of damage brought forth by a series of disasters that struck Guatemala and Colombia this spring.

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NASA’s 'Space Botanist' Gathers First Data

24 July 2018

Just days after its successful installation on the International Space Station, NASA's newest Earth-observing mission, the ECOsystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on Space Station (ECOSTRESS), has collected its first science data on Earth's surface temperature.

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Flood Detection a Surprising Capability of Microsatellites Mission

24 July 2018

Hurricanes bring heavy rainfall and strong winds to coastal communities, a potent combination that can lead to devastating damage. In 2016 NASA launched a set of eight satellites called the Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System, or CYGNSS, mission to gather more data on the winds in these tropical cyclones as part of an effort to increase data coverage of hurricanes and aid forecasts. As the first year of data is being evaluated, a new and unexpected capability has emerged: the ability to see through clouds and rain to flooded landscapes.

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Weather-monitoring and tech demo CubeSats deployed in orbit

21 July 2018

Fifteen CubeSats owned by NASA, Spire Global, and U.S. research institutions launched aboard a Northrop Grumman Cygnus cargo ship in May have been released into orbit, beginning missions to demonstrate miniaturized, low-cost Earth science instruments and join a commercial network of weather-monitoring nanosatellites.

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Copernicus Sentinel-5P releases first data

11 July 2018

Following months of tests and careful evaluation, the first data on air pollutants from the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite have been released. These first maps show a range of trace gases that affect air quality such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide and ozone.

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MetOp-C launch campaign kicks off

06 July 2018

The MetOp-C launch campaign has kicked off with the first of three Antonovs landing at Cayenne Airport, French Guiana on 20 June.

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First laser light for GRACE Follow-On

06 July 2018

The laser ranging interferometer (LRI) instrument has been successfully switched on aboard the recently launched twin U.S./German Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO) satellites. The LRI, which is being flown as a technology demonstration, has made its first measurements in parallel with GRACE-FO's main microwave ranging instrument, and initial comparisons of the data from the two types of instruments show that they agree as expected.

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Full steam ahead for Aeolus launch

06 July 2018

Having set sail from France on 15 June - Global Wind Day, ESA's Aeolus wind satellite has arrived safe and sound at the launch site in French Guiana.

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TEMPO gets a taste of Space - on Earth

27 June 2018

An instrument that will one day measure air pollution from space is getting a taste of what space is like — but in a Colorado testing facility. Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution, or TEMPO, is undergoing thermal vacuum chamber testing at Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. in Boulder. The test, which simulates the extreme heat and cold of outer space, will verify that TEMPO can survive the less-than-welcoming environment of its eventual home.

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Prolific sea-observing satellite turns 10

20 June 2018

An international oceanography satellite that is tracking the ongoing rise in global sea level marks its 10th year in orbit today.

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New NASA Mission to detect plant water use from Space

19 June 2018

Doctors learn a lot about their patients' health by taking their temperature. An elevated temperature, or fever, can be a sign of illness. The same goes for plants, but their temperatures on a global scale are harder to measure than the temperatures of individual people.

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Sentinel-3 Flies tandem

19 June 2018

The key to monitoring Earth's changing environment and to guaranteeing a consistent stream of satellite data to improve our daily lives is to take the same measurements over the course of decades. But how do you know that measurements from successive satellites, even though identical in build, are like for like?

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Aeolus sets sail

15 June 2018

Today is Global Wind Day, which couldn't be more apt for ESA's Aeolus wind satellite to begin its voyage to the launch site in French Guiana. And, while almost all satellites journey by aircraft, Aeolus is different, it's going by ship.

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NASA’s ICESat-2 Arrives at launch site

13 June 2018

NASA's Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) arrived at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Tuesday, 12 June, three months before its scheduled launch on United Launch Alliance's final Delta II rocket. After launch, slated for 12 September 2018, ICESat-2 will use a laser instrument to measure the height of Earth's surface in unprecedented detail.

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GRACE-FO turns on 'range finder', sees mountain effect

11 June 2018

Recently launched twin satellites create ‘The Himalaya Plot'

Less than three weeks after launch, the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO) mission has successfully completed its first mission phase and demonstrated the performance of the precise microwave ranging system that enables its unique measurements of how mass migrates around our planet.

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Copernicus Sentinel-3B first Infrared image makes International Debut

06 June 2018

Almost 90 sea surface temperature experts from around the world today (06 June) have their first look at the infrared images just received from ocean-monitoring Copernicus satellite Sentinel-3B.

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