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Dnepr Rocket Successfully Launches South Korea's KOMPSAT-5 Radar-Imaging Satellite

At the Yasny launch site, South Korea’s KOMPSAT-5 satellite undergoes final checkout, ahead of its scheduled flight atop a Dnepr rocket on Thursday 22 August. Photo Credit: Kosmotras

South Korea’s first satellite to employ Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) for Earth observation and environmental monitoring is safely in orbit, following a successful launch from the […]

First Images Released from Newest Earth Observation Satellite

Photo Credit: NASA / LDCM

WASHINGTON — NASA and the Department of the Interior’s U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have released the first images from the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) satellite, which was launched Feb. 11.

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NASA Transfers Operational Control of Environmental Satellite

Photo Credit: NASA

WASHINGTON — The Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (NPP) satellite, a partnership between NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), was transitioned to NOAA operational organization control Feb. 22. The transition marks the next step of the mission that supports NASA’s Earth science research and NOAA’s weather forecasting missions.

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NASA Satellites Find Freshwater Losses in Middle East

Variations in total water storage from normal (in millimeters) in the Tigris and Euphrates river basins, as measured by NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellites, from January 2003 through December 2009. Reds represent drier conditions, while blues represent wetter conditions. The majority of the water lost was due to reductions in groundwater […]

NASA to Launch Ocean Wind Monitor to Space Station

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PASADENA, Calif — In a clever reuse of hardware originally built to test parts of NASA’s QuikScat satellite, the agency will launch the ISS-RapidScat instrument to the International Space Station in 2014 to measure ocean surface wind speed and direction.

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Suomi NPP Satellite Captures Stunning Images of Earth

Earth at night, as seen by the NASA-NOAA Suomi NPP spacecraft. Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory/NOAA NGDC

The images that NASA produces of deep space objects are always incredible. In this case, however, a spacecraft jointly operated by NASA and its sister organization, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), has captured an image […]

Pléiades 1B Thunders to Orbit Atop Soyuz Rocket

Photo Credit: ESA-CNES-Arianespace/CSG S. Martin

Arianespace successfully launched a Soyuz rocket from the Guiana Space Center (CSG) in French Guiana on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at 11:02 p.m. local time. Its payload, the Pléiades 1B observation satellite, was placed into orbit shortly thereafter for the French space agency, CNES.

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China Launches Remote-Sensing Satellite

Photo Credit: Xinhua / Liu Chan

According to Chinese Media, the Yaogan XVI remote-sensing satellite was successfully launched today from Jiuquan Launch Center in China at 4:06 a.m. GMT. The satellite was launched atop a Long March-4C from the launch complex located in China’s Gansu Province.

The Yaogan XVI satellite is an Earth observation satellite […]

Of Polar Bears and Thematic Mappers: The 40-Year Landsat Achievement

Landsat 7, the most recent arrival in a family which began as the Earth Resources Technology Satellite, has operated from near-polar orbit since April 1999. In February of next year, it and the aging Landsat 5 will be joined by the next-generation Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM). Image Credit: NASA

Twelve miles off the […]