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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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GOCE gives in to gravity

11 November 2013

Close to 01:00 CET on Monday 11 November, ESA's GOCE satellite reentered Earth's atmosphere on a descending orbit pass that extended across Siberia, the western Pacific Ocean, the eastern Indian Ocean and Antarctica. As expected, the satellite disintegrated in the high atmosphere and no damage to property has been reported.

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Satellites packed like sardines

08 November 2013

The complex task of placing all three Swarm satellites on their launch adapter is complete. This is another significant milestone in preparing ESA's latest Earth observation mission for liftoff, which is now set for 22 November.

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NASA's TRMM satellite sees Super-Typhoon Haiyan strike Philippines

08 November 2013

Super-typhoon Haiyan, equivalent to a Category 5 hurricane on the U.S. Saffir-Simpson scale, struck the central Philippines municipality of Guiuan at the southern tip of the province of Eastern Samar early Friday morning at 20:45 UTC (4:45 am local time). NASA's TRMM satellite captured visible, microwave and infrared data on the storm.

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Swarm launch postponed

30 October 2013

The launch of ESA's magnetic field mission from Plesetsk, Russia, has been postponed by about a week.

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Watching Earth's winds, on a shoestring

29 October 2013

Built with spare parts and without a moment to spare, the International Space Station (ISS)-RapidScat isn't your average NASA Earth science mission.

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