Sunday, July 13, 2008

Earth Observation: Satellites

Satellites - Now!

Credit: NOAA, Artists concept of NPOESS satellite.

The National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) is a satellite system used to monitor global environmental conditions, and collect and disseminate data related to: weather, atmosphere, oceans, land and near-space environment.

NOAA starts to worry about the delay of this satellite. With good reason. Today none of the satellites covers the polar regions - the area on the planet that is most sensitive to climate change. Goes without saying that it is about time we launch a couple of satellites....

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