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New satellite will examine global warming’s effects on rain and snowfall

How is global warming affecting precipitation? New satellite to help explain. (via The Christian Science Monitor) The United States and Japan are getting set to launch a 4.3-ton satellite designed to monitor rain and snowfall in unprecedented detail. The agencies announced on Thursday that they have scheduled the launch for…

Keep calm and wait for the 1-ton satellite to crash to Earth

The European GOCE satellite is falling uncontrollably to Earth but no one need worry too much A one-tonne satellite is falling uncontrollably towards the Earth. It is expected to hit sometime late this weekend or early next week. No one knows exactly when or where it will smash down but…

U.S. monitors detect mass graves in Sudan’s S. Kordofan

KHARTOUM — New satellite images support eyewitness accounts that mass graves were dug in the capital of Sudan’s South Kordofan state to bury 100 or more people killed last month, US monitors said Thursday. “Based on an analysis of DigitalGlobe satellite imagery and eyewitness reports obtained by the Satellite Sentinel…

Star-eating black hole sends flash from distant galaxy

WASHINGTON — A bright gamma-ray flash seen in March came from a distant galaxy nearly four billion light years away where a Sun-sized star was being eaten by a black hole, US astronomers said Thursday. The energy from the cataclysmic blast is still being observed two and a half months…

Iran to put a monkey into space: report

TEHRAN — Iran plans to send a live monkey into space in the summer, the country’s top space official said after the launch of the Rassad-1 satellite, state television reported on its website on Thursday. “The Kavoshgar-5 rocket will be launched during the month of Mordad (July 23 to August…

NASA plans to send satellite to asteroid in 2016

WASHINGTON — The US space agency on Wednesday announced plans to send the first unmanned spacecraft to an asteroid to collect samples and return them to Earth for further study. The spacecraft, known as Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer, or OSIRIS-REx, will launch in 2016 and will then travel four years…

Satellite measures gravity’s effect on climate change

PARIS — After nearly two years in space, the European satellite GOCE has collected the raw data needed to map variations in Earth’s gravity field, the European Space Agency has said. The data will help scientists better understand the impact of climate change on sea levels, ice sheets, and ocean…

Scientists warn of ‘dangerous over-reliance’ on GPS

LONDON – Developed nations have become “dangerously over-reliant” on satellite navigation systems such as GPS, which could break down or be attacked with devastating results, British engineers said Tuesday. The Royal Academy of Engineering said the application of the technology was now so broad — from car sat-navs to the…

NASA earth study satellite fails to reach orbit

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The earth observation satellite Glory failed to reach orbit on Friday after its protective cover did not detach following its launch, a NASA official said. “The fairing did not separate and the vehicle does not have sufficient velocity with the fairing on to achieve orbit,” an official…

Russia slams ‘childish’ space agency errors

MOSCOW – Russian space agency Roskosmos has committed “childish” errors and failed to build enough spacecraft, the government said Monday in an unprecedented rebuke to the Russian equivalent of NASA. Russia’s powerful Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov issued the dressing down at a meeting with Roskosmos’s leadership after two satellite…

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