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NASA's OCO-2 brings sharp new focus on global carbon

02 April 2014

Simply by breathing, humans have played a small part in the planet-wide balancing act called the carbon cycle throughout our existence. However, in the last few hundred years, we have taken a larger role. Our activities, such as fossil fuel burning and deforestation, are pushing the cycle out of its natural balance, adding more and more carbon dioxide to the atmosphere.

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France, China set sail on joint ocean-surface satellite project

28 March 2014

The French and Chinese space agencies on 27 March confirmed their joint venture in radar ocean-surface research, approving the final construction of a satellite carrying instruments from both nations to be launched in 2018.

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Sentinel-1 fuelled and ready

26 March 2014

ESA's first satellite dedicated to Europe's environmental monitoring Copernicus programme has been fuelled and pressurised, ready for its launch on 3 April.

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First images available from NASA-JAXA global rain and snowfall satellite

25 March 2014

NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have released the first images captured by their newest Earth-observing satellite, the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory, which launched into space 27 February.

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Prepping for radar vision

18 March 2014

Sentinel-1A, Europe's first satellite for Copernicus, is almost ready for launch on 3 April. Meanwhile, ESA is showing how its advanced radar will map ice, monitor subsidence and much more.

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NASA historic Earth images still hold research value

18 March 2014

NASA's Seasat satellite became history long ago, but it left a legacy of images of Earth's ocean, volcanoes, forests and other features that were made by the first synthetic aperture radar ever mounted on a satellite.

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Planet Labs to launch 100-satellite remote sensing fleet

17 March 2014

Fuelled by venture capital financing, Planet Labs Inc. announced Monday it plans to launch 100 satellites in the next year from the United States and Russia, joining a growing fleet of miniature Earth imaging spacecraft to observe the entire planet every 24 hours.

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Brazil to launch satellite in December

15 March 2014

Brazil will launch a new satellite in partnership with China in December, local media reported Friday.

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Launch of ALOS-2 aboard H-IIA vehicle

14 March 2014

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have decided to launch the H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 24 (H-IIA F24) with the Advanced Land Observing Satellite-2 (ALOS-2) onboard on 24 May 2014 (Japan Standard Time).

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NASA's Operation IceBridge begins new Arctic campaign

12 March 2014

Researchers aboard NASA's P-3 research aircraft left the agency's Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Va., 10 March for Greenland to begin a new season of collecting data on Arctic land and sea ice.

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Pinpointing sources of greenhouse gases

05 March 2014

With increasing levels of greenhouse gases causing our climate to change, it is important to understand exactly where these gases come from and how they disperse in the atmosphere. A recent field campaign has shown that a potential new satellite could provide the answers.

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Earth observation satellites deployed from space station

04 March 2014

A record release of 33 CubeSats from the International Space Station ended Friday after a methodical series of deployments of miniature Earth imaging satellites for San Francisco-based Planet Labs Inc.

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NOAA begins testing JPSS 1 instruments

28 February 2014

NOAA is now conducting environmental testing on all five instruments that will fly on its next-generation Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) 1 satellite. While undergoing testing, the instruments will be subject to simulations of launch and space environments to be sure they meet the requirements necessary to operate in orbit.

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China pushing ahead on hi-res satellite system

28 February 2014

China's push into high-resolution optical Earth observation through its seven-satellite CHEOS system is slightly delayed but will see the launch of a second satellite this year and three more satellites by 2016, the China National Space Administration (CNSA) said.

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NASA and JAXA launch new satellite to measure global rain and snow

27 February 2014

The Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory, a joint Earth-observing mission between NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), thundered into space at 1:37 p.m. EST Thursday, 27 February (3:37 a.m. JST Friday, 28 February) from Japan.

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First Copernicus satellite at launch site

25 February 2014

The Sentinel-1A radar satellite has arrived at Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana to be prepared over the coming weeks for launch on 3 April.

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Daichi data application for compilation of global digital 3D map with world's best precision

24 February 2014

The digital 3D map to be compiled has the world's best precision of five metres in spatial resolution with five metres height accuracy that enables us to express land terrain all over the world.

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NASA GPM Core Observatory's rehearsal weekend at Tanegashima

23 February 2014

On 28 February during a launch window that begins at 3:07 a.m. JST, the GPM Core Observatory is scheduled to blast into orbit aboard a Japanese H-IIA rocket. Due to the time difference with the United States, that's 1:07 p.m. EST on 27 February.

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Sentinel-1 spreads its wings

21 February 2014

When Sentinel-1 is placed in orbit around Earth in a few weeks, it has to perform a complicated dance routine to unfold its large solar wings and radar antenna. Engineers have recently been making sure the moves are well rehearsed.

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Sharp-eyed PROBA-V works around the clock

18 February 2014

More than 5000 images, 65 daily global maps and six 10-day global syntheses, plus a quick peek at the Olympics: in its first two months of work, the vegetation-monitoring PROBA-V minisatellite has yielded a valuable harvest for around a hundred scientific teams around the globe.

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