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Fraser
2006-Jun-13, 04:54 PM
NASA's newly launched CALIPSO Earth observation satellite began its scientific observations last week. The satellite is designed to help scientists understand what effect cloud reflectivity and aerosol particles are having on the planet's climate. CALIPSO is part of a satellite formation called the A-Train; several satellites in the same orbit which can analyze the same spot on Earth, one after the other.

Read the full blog entry (http://www.universetoday.com/2006/06/13/calipso-begins-scientific-observations/)

markg85
2006-Jun-14, 07:37 AM
just wondering.. how many satalites are obversing the earth now? must be alot...

ToSeek
2006-Jun-14, 03:30 PM
The illustration accompanying the article is cut off and doesn't show the entire "A-train". Here's all of it:

http://www-calipso.larc.nasa.gov/about/images/a_train_sm.jpg

More information here. (http://www-calipso.larc.nasa.gov/about/atrain.php)

ToSeek
2006-Jun-14, 03:32 PM
just wondering.. how many satalites are obversing the earth now? must be alot...

Wikipedia has a list here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Earth_observation_satellites), but it includes both past and present missions.

blueshift
2006-Jun-14, 05:04 PM
Although haze is expected to be where the laser beams are visible ( if I understand it correctly), will the laser beams affect those of us that do imaging?