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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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CryoSat measures European storm surge

09 December 2013

ESA's CryoSat satellite measured the storm surge from the recent North Sea storms, as high waters passed through the Kattegat sea between Denmark and Sweden.

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Remote sensing satellite lost in Chinese rocket failure

09 December 2013

A $250 million Earth observation satellite developed by China and Brazil was lost in launch mishap on a Long March 4B rocket early on 09 December, officials said.

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DubaiSat-2 successfully deployed in orbit; takes first image

06 December 2013

The Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST) has announced that the recently launched DubaiSat-2 Earth observation satellite has successfully been deployed in orbit and all systems have been tested and verified.

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Science meets Sentinel-3

06 December 2013

With the first of the Sentinel satellites being readied for launch next spring, scientists are looking ahead to the third mission in the series to ensure the highest quality data possible.

New GPM video dissects the anatomy of a raindrop

03 December 2013

When asked to picture the shape of raindrops, many of us will imagine water looking like tears that fall from our eyes, or the stretched out drip from a leaky faucet. This popular misconception is often reinforced in weather imagery associated with predictions and forecasts.

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PROBA-V data ready for use

03 December 2013

Less than seven months after launch, Earth-watcher PROBA-V is ready to provide global vegetation data for operational and scientific use.

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Landsat users confirm its unique value

02 December 2013

Since 1972, the Landsat program has allowed scientists and analysts to observe the world beyond the power of human sight, monitor changes to the land, and detect critical trends in the conditions of natural resources.

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Russian Dnepr conducts record breaking 32 satellite haul

23 November 2013

Kosmotras launched a Dnepr rocket from Dombarovsky on Thursday, carrying the United Arab Emirates' DubaiSat-2, thirty one other satellites - including Peru's first satellite - and one attached payload. The mission set new records for the most payloads carried into orbit by a single rocket and the smallest satellite ever launched, following lift off at 13:10:16 local time (07:10 UTC).

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ESA's Swarm trio on its way to watch over our planet's magnetic shield

22 November 2013

ESA's three-satellite Swarm constellation was lofted into a near-polar orbit by a Russian Rockot launcher on 22 November 2013. For four years, it will monitor Earth's magnetic field, from the depth of our planet's core to the heights of its upper atmosphere.

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Checking in on Sentinel-1A

22 November 2013

The media had a sneak peek at the first Sentinel satellite on 22 November 2013 ahead of its launch next spring.

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China launches remote-sensing satellite

20 November 2013

China on Wednesday sent a remote-sensing satellite into scheduled orbit, according to the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center.

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NASA-led Firefly mission to study lightning

15 November 2013

Somewhere on Earth, there's always a lightning flash. The globe experiences lightning some 50 times a second, yet the details of what initiates this common occurrence and what effects it has on the atmosphere - lightning may be linked to incredibly powerful and energetic bursts called terrestrial gamma ray flashes, or TGFs -- remains a mystery.

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JPSS reviewers push for new gap-filler weather satellite

14 November 2013

An independent review board impaneled to scrutinise NOAA's Joint Polar Satellite System says a new polar-orbiting spacecraft with bare-bones meteorological instruments should be developed to prevent a dangerous gap in critical forecasting data.

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