Juno probe enters into orbit around Jupiter

The US space agency has successfully put a new probe in orbit around Jupiter. The Juno satellite, which left Earth five years ago, had to fire a rocket engine to slow its approach to the planet and get caught by its gravity. A sequence of tones transmitted from the spacecraft confirmed the braking manoeuvre had …

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Media Invited to View Launch of New Ocean Monitoring Satellite

The launch of Jason-3, an international mission led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to continue U.S.- European satellite measurements of the topography of the ocean surface, is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016. Media are invited to cover prelaunch activities and launch at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Advance accreditation is …

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NASA’S SMAP Begins Science Operations

SMAP’s global radar image, showing moisture in thawed parts of the Earth’s topsoil. Image Credit: NASA On Jan. 31, 2015, NASA launched the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP ) mission from Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, on a Delta II rocket. For the next three years, the solar-powered SMAP satellite …

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