Friday, June 10, 2011

Argentina .- Argentina launches a satellite to study the atmosphere, seas and soils

BUENOS AIRES, 10 Jun. The president of Argentina, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, has held this Friday, the U.S. launch of the SAC-D Aquarius satellite, which will make studies of the atmosphere, seas and soils. The SAC-D Aquarius is the fourth in the series Scientific Applications Satellite (SAC) developed by the National Commission on Space Activities of Argentina (CONAE).

Its launch was scheduled for Thursday but had to be postponed due to computer problems, NASA launcher. He was finally put into orbit Friday morning (later in Spain) from the Vandenberg base Air Force United States, California, aboard the Delta II rocket. "Today is a great day for all Argentines.

I feel a deep emotion. I will continue to support this development because this is the future of all Argentina", has said the president shortly after launch. Fernandez de Kirchner has followed the launch of the satellite through video conferencing from the Casa Rosada, seat of the Executive.

In California, witnessed the event Argentine Foreign Minister, Hector Timerman, the Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Ledenheim Ruth, and the director of the CONAE, Conrado Varotto, among other officials. "Less than 10 years we threw stones and today we launch rockets and satellites," has expressed to remember that this is part of a project launched by his predecessor and late husband, Nestor Kirchner, who ruled that nation between 2003 and 2007.

The SAC-D Aquarius, which is part of the ambitious National Space Plan 2004-2015, is the largest and most complex satellite for scientific purposes has been designed and built in Argentina. This is a space observatory for the ocean, climate and environment that combines different technologies for earth observation.

"It takes optical and thermal cameras, and scaterĂ³metros microwave radiometers, data collection systems and instruments for atmospheric studies and monitoring of space debris," the CONAE. With this satellite, Argentina can obtain more precise information on the salinity of the seas and oceans - a process that until now was done by boat - as well as data on soil moisture over large areas, which could contribute to early warnings of floods and spread of disease.

The satellite will travel 7.5 kilometers per second, allowing you to turn the earth in an hour and a half. In its construction, design and launch worked some 200 Argentines, as highlighted Timerman.

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