China, Brazil partner to provide free remote sensing data for Africa

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At the 4th meeting of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) that was just held in Cape Town, South Africa, China and Brazil issued a joint statement announcing a plan to provide Africa with free satellite imagery. Ground stations within the African continent will be set up to receive the data from the China-Brazil Earth […]

Nice write-up On Landsat Data Continuity Mission

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On Thursday, NASA posted a nice short article on their Landsat mission website summarizing the planning for the Landsat Data Continuity Mission. The planned launch is July 2011, and Ball Aerospace and Technology won the contract this summer to build the Operational Land Imager instrument which will be the primary sensor for LCDM. With Landsat […]

50 years since Sputnik

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I’m sure you’ve probably already seen it, but I have to give a shout out for the 50th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik, the world’s first artificial orbiting satellite. The Russian success marked the beginning of the Space Age, and the race between the US and the USSR for manned spaceflight. It’s a different […]

Mars Has Water!

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Or at least it looks that way. The Mars explorer has turned up evidence that there are small pools of water on the surface of Mars. The claim is bound to be debated, as it is largely believed to be impossible for water to exist on the surface. However, if scientists manage to confirm this […]

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter – Mapping the Moon

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Sometime next year, NASA is planning to launch the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission, which will focusing on mapping the moon’s surface in preparation for future human missions on the moon. It’s a pretty ambitious project, with 6 sensors on the satellite, that will capture not only high-resolution imagery, but also topography (through a laser altimeter […]