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NASA’s CloudSat/CALIPSO satellites celebrate 10 years on orbit

June 7th, 2016 by

Ten years ago the first images were returned from the CALIPSO and CloudSat atmospheric aerosol LIDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) and cloud-profiling radar missions following their joint launch on 28 April 2006. The satellites joined the A-Train, a coordinated group of international satellites providing simultaneous observation data used by scientists to advance knowledge of Earth-system science.

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GOES-13 launched ten years ago

May 25th, 2016 by

On 24 May 2006, GOES-13 was launched into orbit aboard a Boeing Delta IV rocket that took flight from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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30 years ago the Internet arrived in Italy – via satellite

April 28th, 2016 by

On 30 April 1986, the computing system of the CNUCE Institute of Pisa (CNR) was connected to the U.S. computer network called ARPANET (Advanced Research Projects Agency NETwork). Italy thus became the fourth nation in the world (after Norway, UK and West Germany) to be connected to the network that in subsequent years became known as the Internet.

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20 years of commercial Proton launches

April 11th, 2016 by

Twenty years ago, the Proton K Launch Vehicle became the first Russian rocket to enter the global commercial launch services market.

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Mars Odyssey launched 15 years ago

April 6th, 2016 by

A Boeing Delta II launch vehicle lifted Mars Odyssey from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, on 7 April 2001.

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30th anniversary of Spot-1 launch

February 22nd, 2016 by

On 22 February 1986, exactly 30 years ago, France’s first civilian optical Earth observation satellite, Spot-1, financed by the French space agency CNES, was launched by an Ariane 1 rocket.

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