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Glowing plants a sign of health

12 February 2014

Radiant skin is considered a sign of good health in humans, but plants also glow when they are well. 

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NASA-USGS Landsat 8 satellite celebrates first year of success

11 February 2014

One year ago, on 11 February 2013, NASA launched the Landsat 8 Earth-observing satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The launch went perfectly, and 100 days later NASA transferred operational control to the U.S. Geological Survey.

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First Singapore-made commercial satellite to be put into orbit next year

06 February 2014

The first Singapore-made commercial satellite will be put into orbit in the fourth quarter of next year.

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Swarm heads for new heights

06 February 2014

Some tricky manoeuvres are now under way to steer ESA's trio of Swarm satellites into their respective orbits so that they can start delivering the best-ever survey of our magnetic field.

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Fastest glacier in Greenland - DLR satellites TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X identify speed record

03 February 2014

Since the 1990s, Jakobshavn Isbrae has been regarded as the fastest moving glacier in Greenland.

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Sentinel-1A radar deployment

27 January 2014

This video shows the test deployment of the Sentinel-1A radar antenna (in fast motion) in the cleanroom at Thales Alenia Space in Cannes, France. As the satellite is designed to operate in orbit, it is hung from a structure during tests to simulate weightlessness.

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Europe's GOCE gravity satellite probes Earth's mantle

27 January 2014

Europe's GOCE gravity satellite has provided striking new visualisations of the Earth's deep interior.

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Ball Aerospace completes integration of WorldView-3 spacecraft

27 January 2014

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has completed integration of WorldView-3, the next generation commercial remote-sensing satellite being built for DigitalGlobe...

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Ecuadorian Civil Space Company (EXA) satellite begins transmitting

27 January 2014

The Ecuadorian Civil Space Company, or EXA, has captured the first images of South America that were captured and forwarded to Earth by the country's Krysaor satellite, which also managed to recover the audio signal from another device -the Pegaso-which was launched nine months ago and was considered lost after crashing into some space debris last August.

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CryoSat detects hidden Antarctic pattern

21 January 2014

Near the centre of Antarctica, measurements from CryoSat show an unusual pattern in the ice sheet's elevation. Scientists have now found the reason for this pattern...

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Gearing up for a new era in Earth observation

21 January 2014

Aiming for launch at the end of March, the first satellite built specifically for Europe's ambitious Copernicus environmental monitoring programme is now in the last stages of testing before being shipped to French Guiana for liftoff.

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NOAA satellites helped save 253 people last year

17 January 2014

The same NOAA satellites that helped forecasters predict severe weather, such as the Moore, Okla., tornado last May and November's deadly Midwest tornado outbreak, also played a key role in rescuing 253 people from potentially life-threatening scenarios throughout the United States and its surrounding waters last year.

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EU's first Sentinel to launch 'in April'

17 January 2014

The date has been set for the roll-out of the European Union's multi-billion-euro Earth observation project.

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Wind laser survives extremes

15 January 2014

ESA's next Earth Explorer mission, ADM-Aeolus, has taken another step on the road to launch as its laser transmitter comes through a rough ride on a shaker and exposure to punishing temperature extremes.

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NASA has made contact with Firefly cubesat

08 January 2014

A NASA team made first contact with the National Science Foundation-funded Firefly spacecraft at 7:33 p.m. EST on 06 January 2014. On the first pass, the team - based out of NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Va. - received enough data to show that the spacecraft was healthy and transmitting a strong signal.

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China's Earth observation satellite inducted into service

30 December 2013

China's high definition Earth observation satellite Gaofen-1 has been formally inducted into service, it was announced on 30 December.

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Skybox Imaging captures world's first high-resolution, HD video of Earth from space

27 December 2013

Skybox Imaging (Skybox) announced on 27 December the release of the world's first high-resolution, high-definition video of Earth taken by a commercial remote sensing satellite. These videos were taken by SkySat-1, the first of Skybox's planned constellation of 24 satellites, and showcase high-resolution views of Tokyo, Bangkok, Baltimore, Las Vegas, and Aleppo, Syria. The video clips have not yet been calibrated or tuned.

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Carbon sleuth gets simulated taste of space

23 December 2013

A NASA observatory that will make the most precise, highest-resolution and most complete, space-based measurements of carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere to date has marked a key milestone in preparation for its planned July 2014 launch.

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Arctic sea ice up from record low

16 December 2013

Measurements from ESA's CryoSat satellite show that the volume of Arctic sea ice has significantly increased this autumn.

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NASA-USGS Landsat 8 satellite pinpoints coldest spots on Earth

09 December 2013

What is the coldest place on Earth? It is a high ridge in Antarctica on the East Antarctic Plateau where temperatures in several hollows can dip below minus 133.6 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 92 degrees Celsius) on a clear winter night.

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