Infographic Shows The Quick-Changing Satellites Of The Early Space Age

by Elizabeth Howell March 11, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter It’s not often that one associates a satellite with French folk songs, but this infographic does that and more. Below you will find the major launches of the early space age — from the Soviet Union’s Sputnik to the Czechoslovakian Magion 1 […]

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Satellite Image of the “Polar Vortex” Over the US

by Nancy Atkinson January 6, 2014

If you live in the north and eastern part of the US, you’re probably experiencing some frigid weather. You’re probably also hearing people talk about something called a “polar vortex.” Just what is a polar vortex and why is it making the temperatures so cold? Remove this ad Nancy Atkinson on Google+

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‘Force Field’ Could Protect New Weather Satellite, Future Human Missions

by Elizabeth Howell November 14, 2013

OTTAWA, CANADA — A new Canadian satellite — should it launch — might carry a sort of magnetized force field on board to keep charged particles away from vital electronics. The Polar Communications and Weather Satellite (PCW), depending on its orbit, could skim through the radiation-filled Van Allen belts on its mission to deliver reliable […]

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GOCE Satellite Plunges Back to Earth Without Incident

by Nancy Atkinson November 11, 2013

ESA’s GOCE satellite has reentered Earth’s atmosphere, with most of the spacecraft disintegrating high in the atmosphere. There have been no reports of damage to property or sightings of debris. Astrophysicist and satellite watcher Jonathan McDowell reported that the spacecraft came down at approximately 00:16 UTC on November 11, 2013 over the South Atlantic Ocean […]

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GOCE Spacecraft Will Likely Make Uncontrolled Re-entry This Weekend

by Nancy Atkinson November 8, 2013

The Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) satellite has been orbiting Earth in super-low orbits since 2009, mapping out variations in Earth’s gravity in extreme detail. But its fuel ran out in mid-October and the satellite began its slow descent towards Earth, being brought lower and lower by the effects of the atmosphere. […]

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