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UConn study clears up cloudy data for improved satellite imagery

Storrs CT (SPX) Feb 07, 2023 A cloudy day can ruin a trip to the beach, a scenic picnic, and lots of other outdoor activities. But clouds in satellite imagery are also a big issue for remote sensing and land change scientists. When scientists want to study how land surface is changing, they often use composite images consisting of...

CACI contracts with US Army to develop and test demonstration satellite payloads

Reston VA (SPX) Feb 07, 2023 CACI International Inc (NYSE: CACI) signed a five-year cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) with the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Technical Center (USASMDC-TC) to further the development of advanced payload technologies, space sensor applications, and resilient Positioning, Navigation and Timing...

Meteorologist turned engineer creates clouds for icing research

Cleveland OH (SPX) Feb 07, 2023 Emily Timko has the power to control the temperature, form wispy clouds, create ice crystals, and produce powerful gusts of wind. She has a lot in common with Queen Elsa from the movie "Frozen," but she's actually much cooler. Timko is an icing cloud calibration engineer at NASA's Glenn Research Center in...

SpaceX launches Hispasat's Amazonas Nexus communication satellite

Cape Canaveral FL (SPX) Feb 07, 2023 After a 27-hour delay due to poor weather at the launch site and unfavorable booster recovery, SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket on Monday, February 6th, 2023, from Cape Canaveral on a mission to place the new Amazonas Nexus High-throughput Satellite (HTS) into its geostationary transfer orbit (GTO) and towards...

Distant galaxy mirrors the early Milky Way

London, UK (SPX) Feb 07, 2023 A galaxy has been discovered that mirrors the very early version of our home galaxy, the Milky Way. The galaxy, dubbed 'The Sparkler', is embedded in a system of globular clusters and satellite galaxies, and appears to be swallowing them as it grows. The research was published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical...

China to advance lunar exploration program

Beijing (XNA) Feb 07, 2023 China will push forward its phase-4 lunar exploration program this year, including a planned mission to bring 2 kilograms of samples from the far side of the moon back to Earth, Wu Weiren, chief designer of the country's lunar exploration program, revealed on Monday. Wu said China will continue its lunar research...

High-Gain Antenna for NASA's Roman Mission Clears Environmental Tests

Greenbelt MD (SPX) Feb 07, 2023 Engineers at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, have finished testing the high-gain antenna for the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope. When it launches by May 2027, this NASA observatory will help unravel the secrets of dark energy and dark matter, search for and image exoplanets, and explore...

Building a catalog to lunar trash to track

Tucson AZ (SPX) Feb 07, 2023 Scientists and government agencies have been worried about the space junk surrounding Earth for decades. But humanity's starry ambitions are farther reaching than the space just around Earth. Ever since the 1960s with the launch of the Apollo program and the emergence of the space race between the U.S. and Soviet Union,...

Small asteroid 'serendipitously' detected using James Webb telescope

Washington (AFP) Feb 6, 2023 European astronomers using the James Webb Space Telescope have detected a previously unknown asteroid about the size of Rome's Colosseum in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. The asteroid measuring between 300 and 650 feet (100 to 200 meters) in length is the smallest object observed to date using...

SpaceX to try again to launch Hispasat Amazonas Nexus mission

Washington DC (UPI) Feb 6, 2021 SpaceX is planning another launch attempt of the Hispasat Amazonas Nexus mission Monday evening after it was scrubbed on Sunday because of inclement weather. The launch is set for 8:32 p.m. EST on Monday at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The satellite features Ka-band...

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