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NASA's SMAP releases first calibrated data

05 August 2015

In a major milestone, scientists have completed their initial calibration of the two instruments on NASA's new Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite observatory, launched 31 January.

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MSG-4, Europe's latest weather satellite, delivers first image

The Spinning Enhanced Visible and Infrared Imager (SEVIRI) instrument on MSG-4 captured its first image of Earth on 4 August. This demonstrates that Europe's latest geostationary weather satellite, launched on 15 July, is performing well and is on its way to becoming fully operational when needed after six months of commissioning.

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Sentinels catch traffic jam

07 August 2015

Low water levels in the Danube river have left ships to queue close to the town of Zimnicea in Romania.

Thanks to the first two Sentinel satellites, a cluster of ships has been spotted near the riverbanks. This information is being used by the Romanian Lower Danube River Administration to monitor navigation at critical points such as those close to the town of Zimnicea.

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In Africa, more smoke leads to less rain, NASA shows

06 August 2015

A new NASA study shows that agricultural fires in North Africa reduce the region's rainfall during the dry season, in a longstanding example of humans unintentionally modifying weather and regional climate. The study is the first to use satellite observations to answer the question of how smoke from these fires affects rainfall.

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Watch the moon transit the Earth

05 August 2015

Spectacular views from a NOAA space weather observatory show the sunlit far side of the moon crossing the face of the Earth from a distant vantage point a million miles away.

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Trouble in orbit: The growing problem of space junk

05 August 2015

In 2014, the International Space Station had to move three times to avoid lethal chunks of space debris. The problem also threatens crucial and costly satellites in orbit. So what is the scale of the space junk problem, and what can we do about it?

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PROBA-V Symposium

26 - 28 January 2016

Organisation: European Space Agency (ESA) / Belgian Science Policy Office (BELSPO)

Location: Ghent, Belgium

Symposium Overview:

The PROBA-V Symposium is dedicated to the scientific and operational exploitation of the PROBA-V mission. The Symposium is open to PROBA-V users, scientists, students, representatives from national, European and international agencies, operational end-users and value adding industries.

The main objectives of the symposium are:

  • Gather and foster the PROBA-V scientific and user community
  • Present the PROBA-V mission status, calibration results, algorithms and products quality
  • Provide a forum for investigators to report and discuss results of on-going science activities using PROBA-V data
  • Provide a forum for international exchange on land, inland/coastal water and cryosphere applications
  • Report on and promote the use of PROBA-V data for downstream operational services
  • Consult scientists to formulate community recommendations for algorithm and products improvements

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