World’s best space-based thermometer dead 2 months after 1st image release

The world’s most advanced space-based thermometer thrilled scientists when it first came online.

The HOTSAT-1 satellite’s first images, released in early October, revealed in unprecedented detail how temperatures change on Earth‘s surface. The satellite’s camera was so sensitive it could even track trains from space from their thermal signatures. But now, only six months after its launch from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, the experimental spacecraft is out of order.