Mars Rover Landing 2012-12 Days Until Touchdown

NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission is the most ambitious, complex mission in the history of robotic space exploration. On August 5, the mission will set down a large, mobile laboratory – the dune buggy-sized Curiosity rover – using a new form of precision landing technology that makes many of Mars’ most intriguing regions viable destinations …

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SMAP-Soil Moisture Active Passive mission

The Soil Moisture Active and Passive (SMAP) mission is one of four “Tier-1” missions recommended by the U.S. National Research Council Committee on Earth Science and Applications from Space. SMAP will provide a capability for global mapping of soil moisture and freeze/thaw state with unprecedented accuracy, resolution, and coverage. SMAP science objectives are to acquire …

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MSG-3 set to ensure quality of Europe’s weather service from geostationary orbit

The latest weather satellite in Europe’s highly successful Meteosat second-generation series is on its way after lifting off on an Ariane 5 at 21:36 GMT (23:36 CEST) on Thursday, 5 July from Europe’s Spaceport at the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana. The satellite’s sensors will ensure that Europe and Africa continue to receive …

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