Advanced Land Observing Satellite

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A Japanese remote-sensing satellite that will map land areas, survey Earth resources, and monitor disaster sites using techniques developed from its predecessors such as the Advanced Earth-Observing Satellite (ADEOS). ALOS has three sensors: a stereo mapping camera to measure land elevation, a visible and near-infrared radiometer to observe the covering of land surfaces, and a synthetic aperture radar that enables day-and-night and all-weather land observation. ALOS was scheduled to be launched from the Tanegashima Space Centre in 2005.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics.

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