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Twin spacecraft launch to track Earth’s water movement

22 May 2018

A joint U.S./German space mission to track the continuous movement of water and other changes in Earth's mass on and beneath the planet's surface successfully launched at 12:47 PDT on Tuesday, 22 May from the California coast.

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The world’s first panda-shaped solar farm

Pléiades acquired this 50 cm image of the world's first panda-shaped solar farm in China on 07 December 2017.

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Sentinel-1 improves understanding of wave-ice interaction in sea ice

24 May 2018

Observations derived from Synthetic Aperture Radar imagery show that wave stresses—which can be highly variable—are important external forces on sea ice within a few hundred kilometres of the ice edge.

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Help from above: NASA aids Kilauea disaster response

21 May 2018

On 03 May, the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island erupted from new fissures and sent lava flowing over streets and neighbourhoods. As the disaster response on the ground lead by the U.S. Geological Survey kicked into gear, managers from NASA's Earth Science Disasters Program heard from response agencies and sent out a call to NASA's own researchers, data managers, and satellite teams: What can we do to help?

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Sentinels modernise Europe’s agricultural policy

25 May 2018

In a move that could benefit around 22 million farmers, the EU's Common Agricultural Policy has entered the space age. Offering detailed and timely information on crops and farmland, the Copernicus Sentinels are now being used to simplify and modernise this longest-serving EU policy.

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IceEye raises another $34 million for radar satellites

29 May 2018

ICEYE raised $34 million in a Series B investment round, bringing the Finnish commercial radar satellite operator's total funding to $53 million, ICEYE announced on 24 May.

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