Second Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite Instrument will support Joint Polar Satellite System Mission

2012 Blue Marble (Image: NASA)

Raytheon Company delivered the second Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) to support the Joint Polar Satellite System mission providing critical weather information.

The second VIIRS unit will be launched in 2017 joining the NOAA/NASA Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership satellite launched in 2011 and ensuring continuity of its activities.

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Fri, 06/03/2015 - 12:16

NASA releases first global rainfall and snowfall map

Global precipitation map (Image: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center)

NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement mission has produced its first global map of rainfall and snowfall.

The GPM Core Observatory – launched one year ago on 27 February 2014, as a collaboration between NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency – acts as the standard to unify precipitation measurements from a network of 12 satellites. The result is NASA's Integrated Multi-satellite Retrievals for GPM data product, called IMERG, which combines all of these data from 12 satellites into a single, seamless map.

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Mon, 02/03/2015 - 14:13

NASA: Measuring atmospheric rivers from air and Space

NASA's ER-2 research aircraft. (Image: NASA AFRC)

NASA's ER-2 instrumented research aircraft is supporting CalWater 2015, a multiagency, interdisciplinary field campaign, designed to improve the understanding of when and how California ends up on the receiving end of atmospheric rivers. Atmospheric rivers are short-lived weather events that carry a flood of moisture from the tropics to the U.S. West Coast. The instrument also measures how much rain these events can bring, which is a crucial concern in the state’s ongoing historic drought.

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Tue, 17/02/2015 - 15:10

US might face super-droughts in the future

The south-west of the United States could face severe droughts in the future, scientists found

Scientists of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, have found that the south-west and the central plains of the United States of America could face super-droughts in the future. 

The study published in the journal Science Advances compares earlier droughts with climate simulations for the coming decades. The team reconstructed past climate conditions and compared these with 17 climate models and soil moisture assessments.

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Fri, 13/02/2015 - 15:00

NASA launches Soil Moisture Mapping Satellite

Launch of NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory, on a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket, on Saturday 31 January 2015 at 6:22 a.m. PST, from Space Launch Complex 2, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, USA (Image: NASA/Bill Ingalls)

On Saturday 31 January 2015 at 6:22 a.m. PST, NASA successfully launched its new Earth observation satellite SMAP from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, USA, designed to collect global observations of the vital soil moisture.

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Tue, 03/02/2015 - 13:26

New Satellite Search and Rescue systems to be developed

The project will benefit Search and Rescue centres.

NASA and the governments of Cyprus, Brunei and Argentina have recently invested in the development of new Search and Rescue (SAR) network infrastructure solutions and next-generation Medium Earth Orbit Search and Rescue (MEOSAR) systems.

The development of the 7,5 million dollars projects has been given to McMurdo Group. The company will deploy Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC) software for a European and Asian SAR authority, a six-channel MEOSAR system in South America and a two-channel MEOSAR extension in the United States.

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Wed, 14/01/2015 - 14:28

Surface Water and Ocean Topography satellite to be launched in 2020

NASA/Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales TOPEX/Poseidon oceanography satellite

The French Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES) is developing the oceanography satellite SWOT (Surface Water and Ocean Topography), that will incorporate unprecedented technological innovations to observe the ocean surface and underlying physical processes. CNES has contracted the company Thales Alenia Space with the construction of the satellite.

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Wed, 14/01/2015 - 10:07

NASA: New instrument to better understand climate change

NASA's Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (CATS) instrument

On Saturday 10 January 2015, NASA's Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (CATS) instrument was launched to help researchers model and predict climate changes on Earth.

The latest NASA mission will measure clouds and aerosols in Earth's atmosphere from its perch on the exterior of the International Space Station located on the Japanese Experiment Module.

CATS's data will be collected employing a powerful laser technology - the Light Detection and Ranging Instrument (LIDAR) - which is capable of measuring the location, composition and distribution of atmospheric particles.

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Tue, 13/01/2015 - 11:08

Latest soil moisture instrument to be launched by NASA

On 28 January 2015, NASA will launch the new Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP), a remote sensing tool capable of measuring moisture of the Earth’s soils with unprecedented accuracy and resolution.

The latest remote sensing instrument features a radar, a radiometer and the largest rotating mesh antenna ever deployed in space.

SMAP includes both an active instrument, which emits its own signals and a passive instrument, which records already existing signals.

SMAP has been designed by the engineers of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, USA.

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Wed, 07/01/2015 - 08:37

Call for Papers: Landsat 8 researcher asked to contribute to special Issue of Remote Sensing of Environment

Papers will be solicited from any remote sensing researcher(s) with relevant Landsat 8 results.

NASA has issued a call to remote sensing researcher(s) with relevant Landsat 8 results to submit abstracts for a special issue of "Remote Sensing of Environment" until 9 January 2015.

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Tue, 30/12/2014 - 08:23


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