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After Two Long Careers, QuikSCAT Rings Down the Curtain

12 October 2018

Launched in June 1999 for an intended two-year mission, NASA's SeaWinds scatterometer instrument on the QuikSCAT spacecraft was turned off on 2 October in accordance with its end-of-mission plan.

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NASA’s Terra Satellite Celebrates 100,000 Orbits

10 October 2018

More than 400 miles above Earth, a satellite the size of a school bus is earning its frequent flyer miles. On 6 October NASA's Terra completed 100,000 orbits around Earth. 

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Global 3D elevation model from the TanDEM-X mission now freely available

08 October 2018

The 90-metre TanDEM-X Digital Elevation Model has been released for scientific use and is now available as a global dataset. By providing this data, the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) follows the EU data policy under the Copernicus Earth observation programme, which encourages free and open access to satellite data.

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SpaceX's NightLight launches SAOCOM 1A satellite and a successful return of Falcon 9

08 October 2018

It was a text book launch and then recovery of SpaceX's Falcon 9 on Sunday, 07 October at 7:21 p.m. PDT. SpaceX successfully launched the SAOCOM 1A satellite from Space Launch Complex 4E (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The satellite was deployed about 12 minutes after liftoff.

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Sentinel-2 maps Indonesia earthquake

05 October 2018

A 7.5-magnitude earthquake and tsunami hit Indonesia on 28 September, destroying homes and hundreds of lives. As the death toll continues to rise, the effects of this natural disaster are far-reaching, with hundreds of thousands of people seeking access food, water and shelter in the aftermath of this tragedy.

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ICESat-2 laser fires for 1st time, measures Antarctic height

03 October 2018

The laser instrument that launched into orbit last month aboard NASA's Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) fired for the first time 30 September. With each of its 10,000 pulses per second, the instrument is sending 300 trillion green photons of light to the ground and measuring the travel time of the few that return: the method behind ICESat-2's mission to monitor Earth's changing ice. By the morning of 03 October, the satellite returned its first height measurements across the Antarctic ice sheet.

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First processed images from DESIS hyperspectral Earth observation instrument

02 October 2018

The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR), and Teledyne Brown Engineering presented the first images of the DESIS hyperspectral Earth observation instrument at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC). The instrument was mounted to the exterior of the International Space Station on 27 August 2018.

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Copernicus Sentinel-3 improves observation of inland waters

28 September 2018

While world-class scientists are meeting in the Azores to discuss how satellites have revealed changes in the height of the sea, ice, inland bodies of water and more, the Copernicus Sentinel-3 satellite has new reasons to shine.

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Sister satellites, briefly separated, working together again

27 September 2018

CloudSat and CALIPSO: They were designed to complement each other in the 1990s. They launched together on the same rocket in 2006. Then they spent more than 10 years orbiting Earth in formation with a coterie of other satellites in what's known as the A-Train, or afternoon constellation.

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SMOS offers new perspective on hurricanes

25 September 2018

With recent stories in the news about the devastation brought by hurricanes and typhoons to the US and Asia, we are reminded of how important it is to predict the paths of these mighty storms and also learn more about how they develop. Many satellites have eyes on storms, but ESA's SMOS mission can offer an entirely new perspective.

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NASA Tests Tiny Satellites to Track Global Storms

25 September 2018

How many times have you stepped outside into a surprise rainstorm without an umbrella and wished that weather forecasts were more accurate?

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Report on Kenya's first satellite

20 September 2018

Three months ago, Kenya launched its first nanosatellite, thrusting the country to the centre of cutting-edge technology which ushered the country into the hallowed ground of elite innovators in Africa.

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New Small Satellite Peers Inside Hurricane Florence

20 September 2018

A new experimental weather satellite no bigger than a cereal box got an inside look at Hurricane Florence in a test of technology that could influence the future of storm monitoring from space. The satellite took its first images of Hurricane Florence on Tuesday, 11 September, just hours after its instrument was turned on.

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ECOSTRESS Maps LA's Hot Spots

18 September 2018

NASA's ECOsystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on Space Station (ECOSTRESS) captured new imagery of variations in surface-temperature patterns in Los Angeles County. The first of its kind to be taken by one of the agency's newest Earth-observing mission, it is more detailed than previous imagery and, unlike prior imagery, was acquired at different times of the day.

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NASA's GOLD instrument captures its first image of the Earth

17 September 2018

NASA's Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk, or GOLD, instrument powered on and opened its cover to scan the Earth for the first time, resulting in a "first light" image of the Western Hemisphere in the ultraviolet. GOLD will provide unprecedented global-scale imaging of the temperature and composition at the dynamic boundary between Earth's atmosphere and space.

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NovaSAR: UK radar satellite launches to track illegal shipping activity

16 September 2018

The first all-British radar satellite has launched to orbit on an Indian rocket.

Called NovaSAR, it has the ability to take pictures of the surface of the Earth in every kind of weather, day or night.

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NASA, ULA Launch Mission to Track Earth's Changing Ice

15 September 2018

NASA's Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) successfully launched from California at 9:02 a.m. EDT Saturday, embarking on its mission to measure the ice of Earth's frozen reaches with unprecedented accuracy.

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GRACE-FO satellite switching to backup instrument processing unit

14 September 2018

The Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO) mission team plans to switch to a backup system in the Microwave Instrument (MWI) on one of the twin spacecraft this month. Following the switch-over, GRACE-FO is expected to quickly resume science data collection.

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New kid on the block picks up relay for ozone

14 September 2018

For more than 20 years, changes in ozone over Antarctica have been carefully monitored by a succession of European satellites. This important long-term record is now being added to by the Copernicus Sentinel-5P mission, which is dedicated to atmospheric monitoring.

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China launches satellite to monitor world’s oceans

09 September 2018

A Chinese marine observation satellite designed to monitor ocean pollution, measure sea temperatures and track ship movements successfully launched Friday on top of a Long March 2C rocket.

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