Originally Published by NASA– NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft officially is the first human-made object to venture into interstellar space. The 36-year-old probe is about 12 billion miles (19 billion kilometers) from our sun.
Instruments aboard satellites make global measurements daily. But processing can take up to 40 hours. Agencies and others require these Earth Observing System products in near-real-time for everything from weather forecasting to national security. This article describes a NASA project called LANCE that processes data in three hours.
Glory, a new edition to the A-Train constellation of environmental monitoring satellites, is due to go into space in late February. A monitor and sensor aboard will help scientists better understand the dynamics of global warming, and sort out changes in the sun’s energy from natural and human influences.