Satellites and space missions - page 20

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China successfully launched remote-sensing satellite Yaogan XV

The Yaogan XV remote-sensing satellite was successfully launched on Tuesday from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in north China's Shanxi province, according to a press release from the center. The satellite was launched on the back of a Long March 4B carrier

June 01, 2012

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SOHO fully operational again on May 11, 2012

SOHO is back up and running after what officials call "a technical glitch" temporarily sidelined the observatory for just over a week.The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO), which is jointly managed by NASA and the European Space Agency continued sending

May 12, 2012

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The end of the Envisat mission declared

The European Space Agency (ESA) on Wednesday declared the official end of Envisat, the Earth-monitoring satellite that went silent last month after operating for twice its predicted lifespan. A team of engineers has spent the last month attempting to regain control of

May 10, 2012

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Report warns of rapid decline in US Earth observation capabilities

A new National Research Council report says that budget shortfalls, cost-estimate growth, launch failures, and changes in mission design and scope have left U.S. earth observation systems in a more precarious position than they were five years ago.The report cautions

May 04, 2012

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Return of ISS Expedition 30 Crew

The Soyuz TMA-22 spacecraft carrying Commander Dan Burbank and Flight Engineers Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin landed in Kazakhstan on Friday, April 27 at 11:45 UTC (7:45 a.m. EDT). They undocked earlier from the International Space Station at 8:18 UTC (4:18

April 30, 2012

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Envisat view of Earth pt.1 (Video)

Recently lost ENVISAT still shows no signs of "life". While satellite observing community wait for some news lets take a look at breathtaking imagery of land and oceans by Envisat's optical and radar instruments. The satellite is orbiting 497 miles above the

April 26, 2012

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ISS threaten by mutant space microbes

Seventy-six types of unregulated micro-organisms have been detected on the International Space Station (ISS). Though many are harmless, some are already capable of causing severe damage. These organisms corrode metals and polymers and can cause equipment to fail

April 24, 2012

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Lost Envisat spotted by another satellite

Finally, some news about ENVISAT, a massive European satellite that has mysteriously stopped communicating with Earth. On April 8th, it unexpectedly stopped sending data to Earth. Now it has been spotted by another satellite in orbit.On 15 April, the French space

April 22, 2012

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Earth lost contact with Envisat - the largest civilian Earth-observation satellite ever to fly in space

The European Space Agency is struggling to restore contact with its Envisat, the largest civilian Earth-observation satellite ever to fly in space. The first sign that there was a problem came on April 8th when contact with the satellite was unexpectedly lost,

April 16, 2012

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Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Boosters up and down in 400 seconds (video)

This is the video of riding the Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Boosters (SRBs) up and down in 400 seconds. All the sounds you will hear are real and captured from the Solid Rocket Booster camera system. The sound is all from the camera microphones and not fake or

April 02, 2012

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ATREX experiment - they finally did it - 5 sounding rockets successfully launched

NASA successfully launched five suborbital sounding rockets on March 27th from its Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia as part of a study of the upper level jet stream.The first rocket was launched at 4:58 a.m. EDT and each subsequent rocket was launched 80 seconds

March 27, 2012

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How to watch ATREX mission launch live - 5 suborbital rockets in 5 minutes

NASA is still not sure whether the rockets will be launched today but have continued rocket preparation of launch attempt in hope weather might be a "go".The countdown for the mission was set and started at 7 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, March 20. (23:00 UTC, March 20,

March 21, 2012

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ATREX - NASA jet stream study - 5 suborbital rockets launched at the same time will light up the night sky of east coast US

Since the high probability of unacceptable weather is preventing a launch attempt on March 19 again, NASA has rescheduled the launch of its five suborbital sounding rockets from the Wallops Facility in Virginia as part of a study of the upper level jet stream to no

March 19, 2012

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Europe's Spaceport scheduled launches of 3 very different rockets in 2012 with first launch window starting on Feb. 9

European Space Agency (ESA) announced that this year we will see three very different rockets lift off from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana: the heavy Ariane 5, the medium Soyuz and the latest addition, the new, small Vega. The launch window for

February 02, 2012

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Progress 46 cargo ship docked to ISS

The Progress 46 cargo ship successfully docked to the International Space Station’s Pirs Docking Compartment late on January 27 to deliver almost three tons of food, fuel and supplies for the six crew members living and working on the orbital laboratory. The supply

January 29, 2012

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Phobos-Grunt probe crashed in south Pacific

The Phobos-Grunt re-entry story is finally over. According to Russian news reports a failed probe crashed over the Pacific Ocean. Latest reports indicate that Phobos-Grunt spacecraft fell around 17:45 UTC on January 15 slamming into the atmosphere over a stretch of

January 16, 2012

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Phobos-Grunt reentry - A quick guide for skywatchers

Before you start to use any of satellite tracking applications make sure that the computer clock is correct and the time zone is compatible with your Region. The latest Phobos-Grunt orbit data is here. Below are some important data.USSPACECOM Catalog

January 14, 2012