Earth Observation Mission News
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.
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).
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.
22 November 2013
The media had a sneak peek at the first Sentinel satellite on 22 November 2013 ahead of its launch next spring.
20 November 2013
China on Wednesday sent a remote-sensing satellite into scheduled orbit, according to the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
30 October 2013
The launch of ESA's magnetic field mission from Plesetsk, Russia, has been postponed by about a week.
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.
29 October 2013
The Yaogan XVIII remote-sensing satellite was successfully launched on Tuesday from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in north China's Shanxi Province, according to a press release from the center.
28 October 2013
Gravity data from the GOCE mission are enabling other satellites to see ocean surface topography and currents.
As frequent travellers know, flight delays are all too familiar. Lately, NASA has been looking into a much less frequent, but a potentially very dangerous problem that has recently caused major disruptions in aviation services... volcanic eruptions.
23 October 2013
ESA's GOCE gravity satellite may be in its final weeks in orbit around Earth, but some of the most exciting scientific analysis of the mission's data is only just starting.
22 October 2013
ESA's versatile water mission tracked Asia's recent storms over land and sea.
The Canadian Space Agency is proud to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the SCISAT mission. Launched on 12 August 2003, SCISAT is helping a team of Canadian and international scientists improve their understanding of the depletion and recovery of the ozone layer, with a special emphasis on the changes occurring over Canada and in the Arctic.
21 October 2013
After mapping variations in Earth's gravity with unprecedented detail for four years, the GOCE satellite has run out of fuel and the end of mission has been declared.
18 October 2013
The second tropical cyclone of the Northern Indian Ocean season formed on 09 October and grew into powerful Typhoon Phailin that made landfall in eastern India. NASA's Aqua and NASA/NOAA's Suomi-NPP satellites captured imagery of the storm on its approach to land.
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