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NASA Earth Venture campaigns tackle global climate challenges

In the context of NASA's Earth Venture-class projects, five new suborbital investigation campaigns will begin in 2015 to monitor the effects of air pollution, warming ocean waters, and fires on our climate.

The latest airborne field campaigns represent the second series of a project launched by the National Research Council in 2007 with a budget of $30 million granted to each mission.

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NASA supplies high-resolution topographical data to the African continent

Topographic image of the Swartberg Mountains in South Africa's Northern Cape Province

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, US Ambassador to Ethiopia Patricia Haslach and US Ambassador to the African Union (AU) Reuben Brigety convened in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to debate over the means available to lessen the consequences of global climate change in Africa.

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JAXA: End of mission for PR rainfall observation radar on TRMM

TRMM Precipitation Radar image of tropical cyclone

The operation of the Precipitation Radar (PR) on board the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite was completed on 7 October 2014, as the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency JAXA announced.

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New NASA instrument for rapid hurricane response and marine forecasting

New NASA's mission to examine oceans winds

The International Space Station-Rapid Scatterometer (ISS-RapidScatt) was installed on 1 October 2014 as a means to improve the global monitoring of ocean winds.

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NASA: High-resolution topographic data soon available globally

Initially, topographic data for Africa will be published followed by Latin America and the Caribbean

The United States has announced that it will make high-resolution topographic data available globally in 2015. Previously, the data generated from NASA's Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) in 2000 was only available in the US.

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Satellites capture exceptional 2014 floods in Bangladesh

The flooding has been particularly strong along the Brahmaputra River

Bangladesh is one of the most flood-prone countries in the world. However, a combination of heavy monsoon rainfall and the arrival of meltwater from the Himalayas has led to exceptionally heavy floods in Bangladesh in the summer of 2014.

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NASA: TRMM satellite moving towards end of mission

Artist Rendition of TRMM Satellite

On 8 July 2014, pressure sensors on board the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission’s (TRMM) satellite were triggered indicating the on board fuel tank to be near the end of its fuel supply.  The TRMM satellite was a joint mission between NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched in 1997 making history carrying the world’s first

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ISS-RapidScat Mission set to begin in fall 2014

ISS-RapidScat scatterometer instrument

NASA’s International Space Station ISS-RapidScat scatterometer instrument platform is scheduled to be launched during the fall of 2014. It is designed to replace its predecessor QuickScat which has been in operation since 1999 on board the ISS. QuickScat collected and archived 400,000 measurements over 90 percent of the Earth’s surface on a daily basis.

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Sweden: Unusually intense wildfires captured by satellite

This natural-color image of the fire in Sweden was captured by Landsat 8

Sweden is not a country typically known for its summer wildfires. Fires occur regularly, but not in the intesity of this year's blaze that has been affecting the region of Västmanland since 31 July 2014.

The fire grew to the largest one in 40 years. It has affected more than 150 square kilometers, killed one person and forced thousands to evacuate.

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India: ISRO plans for higher capability communication satellites

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, one of current India's partners.

K Radhakrishnan, chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), announced on 10 August 2014 that the Organisation plans to acquire the latest satellite platforms and payload technologies to develop and launch n

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