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Central Nepal As Seen From Orbit at Night

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Nepal at Night

ISS nadir point: 28.4° N, 84.5° E Date taken: 2015.05.16 Time taken: 20:27:51 GMT


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NASA Aids Response to Nepal Quake

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Earthquake analysis

NASA and its partners are gathering the best available science and information on the April 25, 2015, magnitude 7.8 earthquake in Nepal, referred to as the Gorkha earthquake, to assist in relief and humanitarian operations.

Testimony from the Hearing on China's Space and Counterspace Programs

Testimony from the Hearing on China's Space and Counterspace Programs Video in Story

The Senate U.S. - China Economic and Security Review Commission held a hearing on February 18, 2015 on China's Space and Counterspace Programs. All of the testimony is now available along with the webcast.


Haze Over The Himalayas in Nepal Seen From Orbit

Haze Over The Himalayas in Nepal Seen From Orbit

This photo was taken by the Expedition 8 crew aboard the International Space Station on 25 November 2003. It shows hazing conditions over the pan-Himalayas in Nepal.


Mapping Forest Structure From Space

Mapping Forest Structure From Space

Over the last 10 years a new method using satellite radar data has been maturing to provide 3D views of Earth's natural resources and urban environments.


Smog Comparisons Over India, Nepal, and Tibet As Seen From Space

Smog Comparisons Over India, Nepal, and Tibet As Seen From Space

True color image over northeastern India, Nepal and Tibet. Note the large amount of smog/pollution over India relative to Tibet, and how the mountains keep it all localized.


Tracking Typhoon Hagupit From Orbit

Tracking Typhoon Hagupit From Orbit

NASA's Terra and Aqua satellites flew over Typhoon Hagupit from Dec. 6 through Dec. 8 and the MODIS instrument that flies aboard both satellites provided images of the storm as it moved through the country.


Hayabusa2 Launched By Japan

Hayabusa2 Launched By Japan Video in Story

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. and JAXA successfully launched the H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 26 with the Asteroid Explorer Hayabusa2 onboard at 1:22:04 p.m. on December 3, 2014 JST from the Tanegashima Space Center.


Northern Sumatra Dealing With Smoke From Fires

Northern Sumatra Dealing With Smoke From Fires

On February 27, 2014, the Wall Street Journal and Southeast Asia Realtime reported that: "the plantation-rich province of Riau on Indonesia's Sumatra Island has declared a state of emergency as fires set for land clearing have sent pollution levels soaring and smoke made breathing difficult for thousands."


NASA and JAXA Launch the GMP Satellite

NASA and JAXA Launch the GMP Satellite Video in Story

From the Tanegashima Space Center near the southernmost tip of Japan, NASA and the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched a joint mission to study global measurements of rainfall and snowfall abroad JAXA's H-IIA rocket.


Chang'e-3 Lands On The Moon And Deploys Yutu Rover

Chang'e-3 Lands On The Moon And Deploys Yutu Rover Video in Story

Update: The Yutu rover has been deployed and is driving on the lunar surface.


China's Chang'e-3 Heads For The Moon

China's Chang'e-3 Heads For The Moon Video in Story

China's Chang'e-3 lunar rover Yutu ("Jade rabbit") left Earth today aboard a Long March IIIB rocket today. Liftoff occurred at 12:30 pm EST from Xichang launch facility in in China's Sichuan province.


India's Mars Orbiter Placed in Mars Transfer Trajectory

India's Mars Orbiter Placed in Mars Transfer Trajectory

The critical manoeuvre to place India's Mars Orbiter Spacecraft in the Mars Transfer Trajectory was successfully carried out in the early hours of today (Sunday, December 1, 2013).


Fires in China As Seen From Space

Fires in China As Seen From Space

Shuangyashan is a coal mining prefecture-level city located in the eastern part Heilongjiang province, People's Republic of China, bordering Russia's Khabarovsk and Primorsky krais to the east.


The New Race for the Moon

The New Race for the Moon

The rise of China, rapidly accelerating technology, the increasing pace of lunar discoveries and the growing viability of lunar mining are drawing multiple countries and companies into development of new missions to the Moon.


Chinese Manned Shenzhou-10 Spacecraft Lands Safely in Inner Mongolia

Chinese Manned Shenzhou-10 Spacecraft Lands Safely in Inner Mongolia

The Chinese Shenzhou-10 landed safely in Inner Mongolia at 8:08 p.m. ET (8:08 a.m. Beijing time) returning the three astronauts to Earth after a 15 day mission. The astronauts were reported to be in good shape and feeling well. Nie Haisheng, Zhang Xiaoguang and Wang Yaping performed experiments and did two docking tests with the orbiting Chinese space lab module Tiangong-1, one automatic and the other manual.


New JAXA President First Monthly Report

New JAXA President First Monthly Report

It has been one month since I assumed the JAXA president's post, and it has surely been a very busy month while I candidly feel that JAXA's splendid intellectual and national properties should become more widely available to people who are not necessarily related to the space field. Now, I really perceive that JAXA has graduated from the technological verification phase that has been a goal of JAXA's assignment in the last 10 years, and entered into the next phase as JAXA has successfully performed 19 consecutive launches of H-IIA and H-IIB launch vehicles combined.


Chinese Shenzhou-10 Launches on 15 Day Mission

Chinese Shenzhou-10 Launches on 15 Day Mission Video in Story

The Chinese manned spacecraft Shenzhou-10 launched early this morning at 5:38 a.m. ET from the the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on a 15 day mission.



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