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NOAA’s GOES-16 satellite sends first images of Earth

23 January 2017

Since the GOES-16 satellite lifted off from Cape Canaveral on 19 November, scientists, meteorologists and ordinary weather enthusiasts have anxiously waited for the first photos from NOAA's newest weather satellite, GOES-16, formerly GOES-R.

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Louvre, Abu Dhabi

The Pleiades satellite acquired this view of the Louvre in Abu Dhabi on 11 March 2016.

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Wind satellite heads for final testing

30 January 2017

The road to realising ESA's Aeolus mission may have been long and bumpy, but developing novel space technology is, by its very nature, challenging. With the satellite now equipped with its revolutionary instrument, the path ahead is much smoother as it heads to France to begin the last round of tests before being shipped to the launch site at the end of the year.

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China's hi-res SAR imaging satellite put into use

23 January 2017

China's first high-resolution Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellite has passed all its in-orbit tests and is now operational, according to the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense on Monday.

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How satellite data changed chimpanzee conservation efforts

24 January 2017

Approximately 345,000 or fewer chimpanzees remain in the wild, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, a substantial decline from the more than two million that existed a hundred years ago. Humans' closest genetic cousins, chimpanzees are an endangered species, and scientists and conservationists are turning to the NASA-U.S. Geological Survey Landsat satellites to help bolster their efforts to preserve their forest homes.

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Researchers report new understanding of global warming

24 January 2017

Researchers know that more, and more dangerous, storms have begun to occur as the climate warms. A team of scientists has reported an underlying explanation, using meteorological satellite data gathered over a 35-year period.

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North American CryoSat science meeting and geodetic missions workshop

20 - 24 March 2017

Organisation: European Space Agency (ESA)

Location: Banff, Alberta, Canada

Registration deadline: 01 March 2017

Workshop overview:

The meeting will provide a unique and timely forum for scientists and end-users of CryoSat data to share the state-of-the-art in research and applications, review mission achievements and prepare for the continued use of the CryoSat mission in the future.

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