Category Archives: Satellites

Global Precipitation Measurement mission monitors Tropical Cyclone Eliakim

Madagascar is drenching in massive rainfall because the Tropical Cyclone Eliakim hit land couple of days back with details revealed by the Global Precipitation Measurement mission, or GPM. On March 14, 2018, at 11:56 a.m. EDT (1356 UTC), the GPM Core Observatory satellite flew above Madagascar. GPM's Dual Frequency Precipitation Radar (DPR) data revealed that intense…
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James Webb Observatory to undergo additional testing

NASA's James Webb Observatory will be undergoing additional testing as the combined optics and science instruments of the telescope are now out from their shipping containers. NASA engineers will be performing final testing at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems in Redondo Beach, California, before it travels to the launch site in Kourou, French Guiana. The science payload recently arrived at Northrop…
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Weather satellites lend a hand in search and rescue

The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) constellation's primary role is to monitor Earth's environment and provide meteorologists with data that could help them predict weather. Now these same satellites can also lend a hand in search and rescue operations in times of crisis. GOES observations have tracked thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes and flash floods. They've even proven useful…
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NASA’s Aqua satellite reveals wind shearing pushing Dumazile’s clouds south

Observations through NASA's Aqua satellite have revealed that wind shear is pushing Tropical Cyclone Dumazile's clouds south of its center. Vertical wind shear is an adversary of tropical cyclones because it can blow them apart. Tropical Cyclone Dumazile is moving through the Southern Indian Ocean and has moved into an area of strong northerly vertical wind shear.…
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