NOAA

  • Japan's I-400-class subs were so large that they could each carry and launch three Aichi M6A Seiran amphibious aircraft. Now, for the first time since it was scuttled at the end of World War II, one of the sunken subs' aircraft hangars has been photographed.
  • A US Air Force weather satellite exploded in Earth orbit on February 3, scattering debris along its path. In a report by Space.com, Air Force and space officials indicated the breakup of DMSP-F13 was due to a malfunction of its battery system rather than a collision with a foreign body.
  • Tracking migrating pods of gray whales is a major undertaking. In hopes of making binoculars and clipboards a thing of the past, NOAA has installed a new generation of whale detectors to keep an electronic eye on the passing leviathans.
  • It was fourth time's the charm today as NOAA's Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) lifted off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida at 6:05 pm EST. However, the planned power landing attempt of the Falcon 9 booster had to be abandoned.
  • Sunday's delayed launch means that NOAA's Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) will wait at least a day before it can take up its job of helping protect Earth against solar flares.
  • Today's launch of NOAA's Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) has been delayed 24 hours. With less than two and a half minutes on the clock, mission control placed the launch on hold due to problems in the first stage avionics and with one of the range safety radars.
  • As part of an ongoing effort to increase the accessibility and transparency of data on past climate and climate change, researchers have made one of the most widely used records of Earth's climate accessible through Google Earth.
  • Science
    Every 12 hours, weather balloons are launched from about 70 locations across the US. A lot can change between those intervals and those locations, however. That's why a new project is using Southwest Airlines jets as airborne weather sensors.