This Week at NASA: Next-Generation Earth Observation Small Satellites and More

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This Week at NASA: Next-Generation Earth Observation Small Satellites and More.

NASA this month is scheduled to launch the first of six next-generation, Earth-observing small satellites.

They'll demonstrate innovative new approaches for measuring hurricanes, Earth's energy budget - which is essential to understanding greenhouse gas effects on climate, aerosols, and other atmospheric factors affecting our changing planet. These small satellites range in size from a loaf of bread to a small washing machine, and weigh as little as a few pounds to about 400 pounds. Their size helps keeps development and launch costs down -- because they often hitchhike to space as a "secondary payload" on another mission's rocket. Small spacecraft and satellites are helping NASA advance scientific and human exploration, test technologies, reduce the cost of new space missions, and expand access to space. Also, CYGNSS Hurricane Mission Previewed, Expedition 50-51 Crew Prepares for Launch in Kazakhstan, and Orion Underway Recovery Test 5 Completed.

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