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SAGE III achieves first light from Space Station perch

17 March 2017

The Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment III, or SAGE III, reached another in a series of major recent milestones Friday, March 17, by collecting first light data from its new home on the International Space Station.

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NASA says goodbye to a pathfinder Earth satellite after 17 years

16 March 2017

After 17 years in orbit, one of NASA's pathfinder Earth satellites for testing new satellite technologies and concepts comes to an end on 30 March 2017. The Earth Observing-1 (EO-1) satellite will be powered off on that date but will not enter Earth's atmosphere until 2056.

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GRACE mission: 15 years of watching water on Earth

15 March 2017

"Revolutionary" is a word you hear often when people talk about the GRACE mission. Since the twin satellites of the U.S./German Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment launched on March 17, 2002, their data have transformed scientists' view of how water moves and is stored around the planet.

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A ‘toast’ to Copernicus Sentinel-2B as it delivers its first images

15 March 2017

Just over a week after being lofted into orbit, the European Union's Sentinel-2B satellite delivered its first images of Earth, offering a glimpse of the ‘colour vision' it will provide for the Copernicus environmental monitoring programme.

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NASA’s ICESat-2 to provide more depth to sea ice forecasts

15 March 2017

In March, the Arctic sea ice pack is supposed to reach its greatest extent — but this year it's far below average, off by an area about the size of Texas and New Mexico combined.

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Orbiting in sunshine

09 March 2017

Following three days of intensive work, mission control today declared the newly launched Sentinel-2B satellite fit and ready for commissioning.

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SAGE III installed on its new home on the International Space Station

08 March 2017

Just a little more than two weeks after its Feb. 19 launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9/Dragon spacecraft, the Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment III (SAGE III) is now safely installed on the outside of the International Space Station, where it will monitor ozone and aerosols in Earth's upper atmosphere.

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Second ‘colour vision’ satellite for Copernicus launched

07 March 2017

The ESA-developed Sentinel-2B satellite was launched today, doubling the coverage of high-resolution optical imaging in the Sentinel-2 mission for the European Union Copernicus environmental monitoring system.

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Flashy first images arrive from NOAA’s GOES-16 lightning mapper

06 March 2017

Detecting and predicting lightning just got a lot easier. The first images from a new instrument onboard NOAA's GOES-16 satellite are giving NOAA National Weather Service forecasters richer information about lightning that will help them alert the public to dangerous weather.

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Sentinel-2B poised for liftoff

02 March 2017

With liftoff just a few days away, the next Sentinel satellite for the Copernicus environmental monitoring programme is positioned in the launch tower at Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

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Goddard’s IceCube SmallSat ready for launch, Space Station deployment

28 February 2017

Less is more, and that's not just a buzz phrase. Good things are coming in smaller packages (again, not just another buzz phrase). Here's one that's 'on the rocks' coming soon to a launch near you; NASA has an IceCube that will be out of this world.

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New-generation weather satellite delivers first batch of images, data

27 February 2017

Fengyun-4, the first of China's second-generation geostationary orbiting weather satellites, has sent its first collection of images and data.

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ST Electronics to build second Singapore-made Earth observation satellite

23 February 2017

SINGAPORE: A year after the completion and launch of the first made-in-Singapore commercial Earth observation satellite, TeLEOS-1, ST Electronics is poised to build a second one, it announced on Thursday (Feb 23).

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Sentinel-1 lends a hand in Poland’s wetlands

23 February 2017

Poland's Biebrza National Park, protected by the Wetlands Convention, experiences certain disturbances in its water levels and water transfer, which could threaten its biodiversity.

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SAGE III lifts off to the Space Station

19 February 2017

The Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment III (SAGE III) on the International Space Station lifted off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on 19 February 2017 aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9/Dragon spacecraft.

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German-French climate mission enters its implementation phase

17 February 2017

On 17 February 2017, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) Space Administration and Airbus Defence and Space GmbH signed a contract for the design and construction phases of the German-French climate satellite MERLIN (Methane Remote Sensing LIDAR Mission). From 2021, this small satellite mission will measure the methane concentration in Earth's atmosphere to an unprecedented level of accuracy and thus contribute to research into the causes of climate change.

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Sentinel-2 teams prepare for space

16 February 2017

Going to space is never routine, and Sentinel-2 mission controllers are leaving nothing to chance as they prepare for the critical days following next month's liftoff.

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Fuel Sentinel-2B: Done

16 February 2017

As liftoff day draws closer, the Sentinel-2B 'to do' list is shrinking as tasks are ticked off, including the tricky process of fuelling the satellite. And, even despite having to do a few unexpected jobs, everything is on track for launch.

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NASA to launch sequel to successful lightning study mission

15 February 2017

A hit Hollywood film often leads to a sequel. Sometimes those movies do well, but rarely will they eclipse the original. Undaunted by those odds, NASA is set to reboot a successful study of Earth's lightning from space -- this time from the unique vantage point of the International Space Station (ISS)

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New data from NOAA GOES-16's Space Environment In-Situ Suite (SEISS) instrument

10 February 2017

The new Space Environment In-Situ Suite (SEISS) instrument onboard NOAA's GOES-16 is working and successfully sending data back to Earth.

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