Liftoff of the Long March 3B, like a similar launcher shown here, occurred at 4:50 a.m. Beijing Time April 30, carrying the 12th and 13th satellites for the Beidou global navigation system. Photo Credit: Xichang Satellite Launch Center.
In an unusual move China has launched two Beidou navigation satellites on the same Long March […]
A United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket with the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory onboard is seen in this long exposure photograph as it launches from Space Launch Complex 2, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. SMAP is NASA’s first Earth-observing satellite designed to collect global observations of surface soil moisture and its freeze/thaw state. SMAP will provide high resolution global measurements of soil moisture from space. The data will be used to enhance scientists' understanding of the processes that link Earth's water, energy, and carbon cycles. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls) Read More