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Water mission versatility

12 September 2013

While ESA's SMOS satellite continues to provide key information on soil moisture and ocean salinity for a better understanding of the water cycle, Living Planet Symposium participants in Edinburgh heard how the mission is also set to improve weather forecasts.

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'Supermodel' GOCE satellite to fall to Earth

11 September 2013

The European Space Agency (ESA) is preparing for the fiery fall to Earth of its GOCE gravity-mapping satellite.

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ESA's CryoSat mission observes continuing Arctic winter ice decline

11 September 2013

The volume of sea ice in the Arctic hit a new low this past winter, according to observations from the European Space Agency's (ESA) CryoSat mission.

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NASA satellites and HS3 Mission cover Tropical Storm Gabrielle's demise, watch other areas

06 September 2013

Two NASA satellites and one of NASA's Global Hawk aircraft got good looks at Gabrielle when it weakened from a tropical storm to a depression. Although Gabrielle is now a remnant low pressure area, there are a couple of other developing low pressure areas in the Atlantic Ocean basin to keep an eye on.

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Vietnam takes over control of nation's first remote sensing satellite

05 September 2013

Control of Vietnam's first remote sensing satellite, VNREDSat-1, has been officially handed over to the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST) four months after its launch, local media reported Thursday.

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New Landsat data just a few clicks away

05 September 2013

Thousands of never-before-seen data products from the US Landsat satellites acquired over 30 years have been released for online access. In addition, the newest data over Europe from the latest satellite in the series, Landsat-8, are now accessible in near-real time through a new portal hosted by ESA.

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Wide-angle view from space

30 August 2013

Officially, the German radar satellite TerraSAR-X should have been out of service for over a year and a half - that's how long it has exceeded its intended lifespan. But engineers at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum fur Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) have switched the satellite, which was launched to space on 15 June 2007, to yet another mode: TerraSAR-X can now record image strips over 200 kilometres wide.

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NASA's TRMM sees heavy rain over Taiwan from Tropical Storm Kong-Rey

30 August 2013

NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission or TRMM satellite flew directly above western Taiwan on 28 August 2013 at 2108 UTC when Tropical Storm Kong-Rey was dropping enormous amounts of rain. Kong-Rey is expected to affect Japan over the next several days while moving parallel to its western coastline.

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Italy in an espresso cup

22 August 2013

A cloudless view of central and northern Italy, the snow-capped Alps and the European heartland was snapped by an experimental camera, smaller than an espresso cup, aboard ESA's minisatellite PROBA-2.

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Soviet-era missile boosts South Korean satellite

22 August 2013

A converted Russian ballistic missile rocketed out of an underground silo in southern Russia on Thursday and delivered a radar-equipped South Korean observing satellite to a 340-mile-high orbit, kicking off a five-year mission to collect high-resolution imagery to aid urban planners, emergency responders and environmental scientists.

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After a fire, before a flood: NASA's Landsat directs restoration to at-risk areas

21 August 2013

While the 138,000-acre Silver Fire still smoldered, forest restoration specialists were on the job. They analysed maps created using Landsat satellite data to determine where the burn destroyed vegetation and exposed soil - and where to focus emergency restoration efforts.

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After 10 years of service, NOAA retires GOES-12 satellite

19 August 2013

GOES-12 has seen it all, from Hurricane Katrina that hit the Gulf Coast in 2005, to the Christmas blizzard that crippled the Central United States in 2009. It even travelled south of the equator to provide coverage for South America starting in 2010. Now, after more than 10 years of stellar service, NOAA's Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES)-12 spacecraft is being retired.

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NASA, JPL get set to study climate change on Earth in 2014

14 August 2013

NASA is getting ready to turn its scientific instruments toward our home planet with a trio of Earth-observing missions set to launch in 2014.

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NASA 'fire towers' in space watch for wildfires on the rise

09 August 2013

The Black Forest wildfire this June was one of the most destructive in Colorado history, in terms of homes lost. It started close to houses and quickly spread through the ponderosa pine canopies on the rolling hills near Colorado Springs. The wildfire destroyed 500 homes in the first 48 hours and killed two people.

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Seeing which way the wind blows: New doppler radar takes flight on this summer's HS3 mission

31 July 2013

Most aircraft carrying Doppler radar look like they've grown a tail, developed a dorsal fin, or sprouted a giant pancake on their backs. But when the unmanned Global Hawk carries a radar system this summer, its cargo will be hard to see. The autonomous and compact High-altitude Imaging Wind and Rain Profiler, or HIWRAP, a dual-frequency conical-scanning Doppler radar, will hang under the aircraft's belly as it flies above hurricanes to measure wind and rain and to test a new method for retrieving wind data.

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SpaceX wins contract to launch Canadian radar satellites

30 July 2013

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) will launch all three satellites for Canada's planned RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM) in 2018 aboard a single Falcon 9 rocket, the Hawthorne, Calif., rocket maker announced Tuesday (30 July).

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