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The Obama Administration has informed its European partners that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NAOO) will not be able to provide three sensing instruments for Europe's next-generation polar-orbiting satellite, due to "budget challenges." The EPS-SG is planned to be in service in 2019 to succeed Europe's current Metop satellites.

December 9th, 2011 • 11:11 AM

China's manned space program announced today that a space operations committee has been established to manage the operations planning, technical evaluation, and flight control of the Tiangong-1 docking target currently in Earth orbit.

November 14th, 2011 • 9:36 AM

China's People's Daily, in a headline story, says "Thai floods may push up global rice prices." The Thai agricultural department has already indicated that Thai rice output for the current crop will drop from 25 million metric tons to 19 million.

November 7th, 2011 • 8:56 AM

The damage toll continues in the Northeastern states, from the weekend's early, heavy snowfall, which set records in many localities. Close to 4 million households were without electricity at the peak of the storm, and hundreds of thousands will remain out of power all week. Anything requiring electricity, from railroad signal systems, to gas station pumps, was hit, or threatened with closure.

November 1st, 2011 • 10:20 AM

The U.S. polar-orbiting weather and climate NPP satellite was successfully launched this morning from California. NPP has been designed as a bridge between the Earth-observing satellites that are operating today, which are reaching the end of their design lives, and the cutting-edge Joint Polar Satellite System, which will be ready for launch in 2016, IF enough money is budgeted.

October 28th, 2011 • 2:59 PM

The Pacific Ring of Fire continues its increased activity. Among many lesser Pacific seismic events, two quakes are of note: a 6.9 magnitude, off island of Okinawa, south of Japanese archipelago; and a sizable quake in the Philippines, at Bukidnon. On the northern rim, according to CNN, Alaska is now facing a life-threatening Winter storm.

November 9th, 2011 • 11:34 AM

Just before 6 am Beijing time November 1, or 6 pm EDT October 31st, China launched the Shenzhou-8 unmanned spacecraft, which, in about two days, will rendezvous and dock with the Tiangong-1 test module.

November 1st, 2011 • 10:28 AM

Vladimir Belaeff, president of the Global Society Institute, San Francisco, wrote as follows in the "Russia Profile Weekly Experts Panel on Russia's Plan to Save the Earth," Oct. 28.

October 30th, 2011 • 12:11 PM