ISS commemorates 16 years in space to serve the earth

ISS Expedition 49 crew. Image: NASA

The International Space Station (ISS) is celebrating 16 years of space living. The station was built with the contribution of space agencies from 15 countries between 1998 and 2011.  The first crew from the Russian Federation and the United States arrived in the station on 02 November 2000.   According to ESA, the station weights almost 400 tonnes and has more than 820 cubic metres of pressurised space - enough room for its crew of six persons and a vast array of scientific experiments.


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Sat, 05/11/2016 - 01:50

Erskine Fire Affecting California

Satellite image Erskine Fire. NASA Earth Observatory, image courtesy of Jesse Allen, using VIIRS day-night band data from the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership

A wildfire called Erskine started on 23 June 2016 in California due to an unknown cause. It burnt 18,368 hectares of forest and 250 structures in the southwest of the United-States, causing the death of two people.


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Wed, 29/06/2016 - 13:02

NASA develops new FireSat system to detect wildfires

FireSat will consist of a network of more than 200 thermal infrared imaging sensors loaded in a network of satellites to detect wildfires (Imagery: Quadra Pi R2E).
The NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, based in Pasadena, California is developing a new network of space-based sensors called FireSat in collaboration with the private company Quadra Pi R2E, which is based in San Francisco, California. The new sensors are designed to improve the detection of wildfires.  FireSat is expected to be launched by June 2018.

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Mon, 23/11/2015 - 16:24

Water Resource Management using NASA Earth Science Data (AM)

This is event is available for participation on an ongoing basis

Five webinar sessions (1 – hour each) on October 13, 20, 27; November 3, 10, 2015


To provide 1) information about availability and access to global freshwater data for applications in drought and agricultural management, flooding and reservoir management from NASA remote sensing observations and land-atmosphere models and 2) GIS-based analysis of regional water budget for applications in water resources management.






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13/10/2015 to 10/11/2015

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Tue, 13/10/2015

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The loss of a radar instrument in a satellite won’t stop one NASA’s mission

NASA´s capture with a long exposure of spectators watching Delta 2 rocket carrying the SMAP satellite launched in January 2015

On January this year NASA launched the Soil Moisture Active Passive Satellite (SMAP) to map global soil moisture. However, the aircraft lost its radar instrument and stopped transmitting information on July 7, because of a problem with a high-power amplifier. The passive radar and radiometer tools were designed to complement each other and overcome some limitations.

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Wed, 30/09/2015 - 10:27

Earth observation satellite to be developed by NASA and ISRO

Satellite image of India’s Hugli River, one of the many branches of the Ganges (Image: NASA)

NASA and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) have joint hands to build an Earth observation satellite called NISAR (NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Mission). The space artifact will be in charge of measuring changes in the Earth’s surface related to motions of the crust and ice surface, and its launch is scheduled for 2021.

Its mission will comprise snow and glacier studies in the Himalayas, monitoring of agricultural biomass over India, Indian coastal and near-shore ocean studies, and disaster monitoring and management.


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Mon, 31/08/2015 - 10:57

Washington wildfires captured by NASA’s Aqua satellite

Satellite image of active wildfires across Western U.S., outlined in red (Image: NASA)

NASA’s Earth observation Aqua satellite spotted the wildfires burning throughout California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana states on August 23. One of the most important blazes was reported in the Okanogan Complex, in Washington State. It has burned 287,704 acres (116,000 hectares) and killed three firefighters. More than 1,774 fire personnel from 33 states are currently fighting it or working to support the firefighting effort.


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Fri, 28/08/2015 - 10:30

NASA simulation of Hurricane Katrina to support better storm forecasts

The image shows water vapor within Hurricane Katrina on Aug. 29, 2005 (Image: NASA)

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center has released a high-resolution video that simulates Hurricane Katrina’s movement across the Atlantic Ocean, then the Gulf of Mexico, and its final collision with the southern part of the United States. It combines observational data with a high-resolution model of Earth, called GEOS-5, and reflects scientists’ better understanding of heavy storms.


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Wed, 26/08/2015 - 10:57

Striking records of typhoon Atsani

Records of the typhoon's eye and its structure on August 19 (Image: NASA)

Stunning images of the Atsani typhoon have been captured by CloudSat and Aqua satellites on August 19. The first space artifact passed near its eye and collected information about the inside of the typhoon through its cloud-penetrating radar. For its part, the MODIS web on the Aqua satellite passed above Atsani capturing an image of the storm's eyewall where the the red line is the north-to-south track that CloudSat took.


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Fri, 21/08/2015 - 10:49

NASA to build an enhanced hurricane-observing satellite mission

Hurricanes hitting the U.S. will be easier to predict with the new satellite mission (Image: NASA)

NASA has began to build its new satellite mission focused on predicting hurricanes, called Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS), with the collaboration of the University of Michigan. It will comprise eight Earth observation (EO) microsatellites which will be able to measure ocean surface winds associated with tropical cyclones, typhoons and hurricanes throughout their life cycle. Their launch is expected in late 2016 from Cape Canaveral in Florida.


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Thu, 20/08/2015 - 11:11


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