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Mapping sea surface from the Space Station

16.3.2015 14:40  

A new concept that involves mounting an instrument on the International Space Station and taking advantage of signals from navigation satellites could provide measurements of sea-surface height and information about features related to ocean currents, benefiting science and ocean forecasting.

Lagoon of tears

13.3.2015 10:05  
Earth observation image of the week: the Sete Cidades Massif on the Azores island of São Miguel, also featured on the Earth from Space video programme

Save the date: selection of ESA’s eighth Earth Explorer

13.3.2015 8:19  

The date has been set for the Earth observation science community to meet and discuss the merits and express their views of the FLEX and CarbonSat mission concepts before one is finally selected to be built as ESA’s next Earth Explorer satellite.

Meet Mr Copernicus

12.3.2015 15:17  
Learn more about Europe’s Copernicus environment monitoring programme with this informative animation

Earth from Space

12.3.2015 13:41  
Join us Friday, 13 March, at 10:00 CET for the ‘Earth from Space’ video programme. This week features the Sete Cidades Massif on the Azores island of São Miguel

Earth from Space

12.3.2015 13:41  
Join us Friday, 13 March, at 10:00 CET for the ‘Earth from Space’ video programme. This week features the Sete Cidades Massif on the Azores island of São Miguel

Hungarian mosaic

6.3.2015 10:05  
Earth observation image of the week: a Sentinel-1A mosaic of Hungary, also featured on the Earth from Space video programme

Villarrica on the radar

5.3.2015 17:40  
Radar images from the Sentinel-1A satellite illustrate changes at the surface of the Villarrica volcano in Chile following its 3 March eruption

Earth from Space

5.3.2015 15:45  
Join us Friday, 6 March, at 10:00 CET for the ‘Earth from Space’ video programme. This week features a Sentinel-1A mosaic of Hungary

Honing skills

3.3.2015 15:45  
Human spaceflight and operations image of the week: mission control team trains for Sentinel-2A

Honing skills

3.3.2015 15:45  
Human spaceflight and operations image of the week: mission control team trains for Sentinel-2A launch

ESA App Camp brings satellite data to mobile devices

3.3.2015 9:00  

Developers of apps that use satellite data to assist the agricultural industry took home the top two prizes at this year’s ESA App Camp in Barcelona.

Earth from Space

2.3.2015 14:00  
Wolfgang Pitz from Airbus Defence and Space joins the Earth from Space video programme to discuss testing the Sentinel-2A satellite

Earth from Space

2.3.2015 11:37  
Join us Tuesday, 3 March at 14:00 CET as Wolfgang Pitz from Airbus Defence and Space discusses testing the Sentinel-2A satellite

Brussels

27.2.2015 10:05  
Earth observation image of the week: a false-colour image of Belgium's capital, also featured on the Earth from Space video programme

Earth from Space

26.2.2015 13:54  
Join us Friday, 27 February, at 10:00 CET for the ‘Earth from Space’ video programme. This week features a false-colour image of Brussels

European Data Relay System confirms services for Copernicus in cooperation with the European Commission

25.2.2015 13:30  

Following the recent decision confirming the ESA/Airbus Defence and Space (Airbus DS) partnership on the European Data Relay System (EDRS), agreement has been reached with the European Commission (EC) for the provision of EDRS services to the European Union Copernicus programme.

Last look at Sentinel-2A

24.2.2015 14:55  

Before Sentinel-2A is packed up and shipped to French Guiana for its launch targeted on 12 June, media representatives and specialists got one last look at the second satellite for Europe’s Copernicus programme.

Shifting lands

20.2.2015 12:29  
Radar satellite missions – like Sentinel-1 – can measure millimetre-scale changes in Earth’s surface following an earthquake

Estonian mosaic

20.2.2015 10:05  
Earth observation image of the week: a Sentinel-1A mosaic of Estonia, also featured on the Earth from Space video programme

ESA’s Biomass satellite goes ahead

19.2.2015 17:30  

Following the initial selection in 2013 for Biomass to become ESA’s seventh Earth Explorer mission and the completion of preparatory activities, ESA Member States yesterday gave the green light for its full implementation for launch in 2020.

Earth from Space

19.2.2015 14:30  
Join us Friday, 20 February, at 10:00 CET for the ‘Earth from Space’ video programme. This week features a Sentinel-1A mosaic of Estonia

Earth from Space

19.2.2015 12:17  
Join us Friday, 20 February, at 10:00 CET for the ‘Earth from Space’ video programme. This week features a Sentinel-1A mosaic of Estonia

Happy Chinese New Year

19.2.2015 8:48  
Wishing the world’s Chinese population safe travels for their celebrations of the year of the sheep

SMOS on acid

17.2.2015 12:46  

With fundamental changes happening to the chemistry of the world’s oceans, salinity information from ESA’s SMOS mission is being used with other Earth observation data to obtain information on ‘the other carbon dioxide problem’ – ocean acidification.

Heart of Voh

13.2.2015 15:24  
This heart-shaped formation in New Caledonia is one of nature’s small reminders that love is all around us

Call for Media

13.2.2015 14:24  
ESA and the European Commission together with Airbus Defence and Space and the IABG test centre are inviting media to view the Sentinel‑2A satellite in Ottobrunn, Germany on 24 February

Desert reservoir

13.2.2015 10:05  
Earth observation image of the week: Las Vegas and Lake Mead in the southwest United States, also featured on the Earth from Space video programme

Earth from Space

12.2.2015 14:45  
Join us Friday, 13 February, at 10:00 CET for the ‘Earth from Space’ video programme. This week features Las Vegas and Lake Mead in the United States

Sentinel-2 practises laser spin

11.2.2015 15:08  

As Sentinel-2A nears the end of testing before being shipped to its launch site, one of the last jobs has been to make sure the satellite’s laser terminal is up to the job of delivering large volumes of data at breakneck speed.

Have your say

9.2.2015 13:57  
Participate in the European Union’s survey on how to make the most of Earth observation in a global context

Retreating glaciers

6.2.2015 14:44  
Comparing data from three generations of radar missions – Seasat, ERS and Sentinel-1 – two large glaciers in southeast Greenland have retreated significantly in the past 36 years

36 years of radar vision

6.2.2015 13:43  

ESA has recently recovered imagery from the oldest synthetic aperture radar – or SAR – in space, renewing our view of a changing Earth.

Lisbon

6.2.2015 10:05  
Earth observation image of the week: a Sentinel-1 radar image of Portugal's capital, also featured on the Earth from Space video programme

Earth from Space

5.2.2015 11:03  
Join us Friday, 6 February, at 10:00 CET for the ‘Earth from Space’ video programme. This week features a Sentinel-1 radar image over the metropolitan area of Portugal’s capital, Lisbon

Plant power from above

3.2.2015 13:44  

Field experiments have shown how ESA’s potential FLEX mission could identify vegetation that is suffering degrees of stress invisible to the naked eye.

Appathon success

2.2.2015 17:41  
Appathon teams win ticket to ESA App Camp

Mapping forest structure from space

30.1.2015 14:32  

Over the last 10 years a new method using satellite radar data has been maturing to provide 3D views of Earth’s natural resources and urban environments. Scientists from around the world gathered recently to share the latest advances in the exciting technique of ‘POLinSAR’.

Corsican waters

30.1.2015 10:05  
Earth observation image of the week: the Mediterranean Sea’s most mountainous island, also featured on the Earth from Space video programme

Earth from Space

29.1.2015 15:00  
Join us Friday, 30 January, at 10:00 CET for the ‘Earth from Space’ video programme. Ahead of World Wetlands Day, this week’s programme features the Ramsar sites on the island of Corsica

Aletsch

23.1.2015 10:05  
Earth observation image of the week: the largest glacier in the Alps, also featured on the Earth from Space video programme

Satellites catch Austfonna shedding ice

23.1.2015 9:00  

Rapid ice loss in a remote Arctic ice cap has been detected by the Sentinel-1A and CryoSat satellites.

Satellites catch Austfonna shedding ice

23.1.2015 9:00  

Rapid ice loss in a remote Arctic ice cap has been detected by the Sentinel-1A and CryoSat satellites.

Monitoring sea ice

22.1.2015 11:28  
Learn how Copernicus uses satellites to monitor the marine environment, helping vessels to navigate through icy waters

Earth from Space

22.1.2015 11:00  
Join us Friday, 23 January, at 10:00 CET for the ‘Earth from Space’ video programme. Discover the largest glacier in the Alps in this week’s programme

Green Caspian

16.1.2015 10:05  
Earth observation image of the week: a shoreline of the northeastern Caspian Sea

Snowy Pyrenees

8.1.2015 9:34  
A New Year Proba-V image of snow-capped Pyrenees Mountains

Is Europe an underestimated sink for carbon dioxide?

5.1.2015 11:00  

A new study using satellite data suggests that Europe’s vegetation extracts more carbon from the atmosphere than previously thought.

Satellites guide sailor from treacherous waters

19.12.2014 14:00  

While sailing south of Africa on an around-the-world voyage, Matteo Miceli was suddenly alerted to a massive iceberg in his path.

Eye-catching Earth

19.12.2014 11:11  
For over a decade, we have been releasing satellite images of Earth almost every Friday. Click here for the ‘Earth observation Image of the Week’ gallery of 500 spectacular scenes

Peek into the past

19.12.2014 10:05  
Earth observation image of the week: underwater structures of the Great Bahamas Bank, also featured on the Earth from Space video programme

Satellites for Santa

18.12.2014 15:13  
While Rudolf’s bright red nose may guide Santa Claus’s sleigh, satellites show where these reindeer can find the food to fuel their annual trek around the globe

Christmas wrapping

18.12.2014 14:50  
Technology image of the week: the moment Sentinel-3A's radar altimeter is wrapped in multilayer insulation

Earth from Space

18.12.2014 14:20  
Join us Friday, 19 December, at 10:00 CET for the ‘Earth from Space’ video programme. This week features an image of the Great Bahamas Bank

Salinity matters

18.12.2014 11:05  

Measurements of salt held in surface seawater are becoming ever-more important for us to understand ocean circulation and Earth’s water cycle. ESA’s SMOS mission is proving essential to the quest.

Salinity matters

18.12.2014 11:05  

Measurements of salt held in surface seawater are becoming ever-more important for us to understand ocean circulation and Earth’s water cycle. ESA’s SMOS mission is proving essential to the quest.

Pinpointing displacement

16.12.2014 10:08  
From hundreds of kilometres away, satellites see millimetre movements in the structures and roads around the Palace of Parliament in Romania’s capital

CryoSat extends its reach on the Arctic

15.12.2014 9:35  

CryoSat has delivered this year’s map of autumn sea-ice thickness in the Arctic, revealing a small decrease in ice volume. In a new phase for ESA’s ice mission, the measurements can now also be used to help vessels navigate through the north coastal waters of Alaska, for example.

Colours of Borneo

12.12.2014 10:07  
Earth observation image of the week: a false-colour image over the island of Borneo, also featured on the Earth from Space video programme

Mexico City subsidence

11.12.2014 14:00  
Radar images from the Sentinel-1A satellite show ground movement in Mexico City, with some areas sinking up to 2.5 cm/month

Tapping into Earth observation data for international development

11.12.2014 13:40  

A new initiative brings ESA and the Asian Development Bank together to exploit satellite Earth observation data for sustainable growth.

Earth from Space

11.12.2014 11:45  
Join us Friday, 12 December, at 10:00 CET for the ‘Earth from Space’ video programme. This week features a false-colour image over southern Borneo

Monitoring soil moisture

5.12.2014 14:10  
Learn how Copernicus satellites contribute to soil moisture monitoring – essential information for sustainable development

Romanian mosaic

5.12.2014 10:05  
Earth observation image of the week: a mosaic of Sentinel-1A radar scans over Romania, also featured on the Earth from Space video programme

Sentinel-3 fully formed

4.12.2014 14:57  

For more than 18 months, engineers have been carefully piecing together the many components that make up ESA’s Sentinel-3A satellite. Now hosting an array of instruments to provide a wealth of information about Earth’s oceans and land, the satellite is complete, standing proud for testing.

Earth from Space

4.12.2014 10:45  
Join us Friday, 15 December, at 10:00 CET for the ‘Earth from Space’ video programme. This week features a Sentinel-1A mosaic of Romania

On solid ground

3.12.2014 16:35  

Lovers of architecture and history can rest easy: the stability of historical buildings can now be monitored in real time by a new technique with its roots in space.

Timing carbon turnover

3.12.2014 11:40  

Scientists are using satellite data to improve understanding of the time it takes for a carbon atom fixed in a plant by photosynthesis to return into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide – known as ‘carbon turnover’.

GOCE iBook

3.12.2014 10:31  
Learn more about ESA’s gravity mission and its scientific achievements with a new interactive iBook. Download it from the iTunes store

GOCE iBook

3.12.2014 10:31  
Learn more about ESA’s gravity mission and its scientific achievements with a new interactive iBook. Download it from the iTunes store

Fogo volcano on Sentinel’s radar

2.12.2014 14:40  

Radar images from the Sentinel-1A satellite are helping to monitor ground movements of the recently erupted Fogo volcano.

Linked by laser

2.12.2014 12:43  
This image of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan was captured by Sentinel-1A, but linked by laser stretching almost 36 000 km across space for high-speed delivery

Attention app developers

2.12.2014 12:16  
Apply today for the 2015 ESA App Camp in Barcelona, and the opportunity to develop mobile apps that tackle some of the world's greatest challenges

Laser link offers high-speed delivery

28.11.2014 13:59  

Marking a first in space, Sentinel-1A and Alphasat have linked up by laser stretching almost 36 000 km across space to deliver images of Earth just moments after they were captured.

Tropical thaw

28.11.2014 10:05  
Earth observation image of the week: a retreating tropical ice cap in Peru, also featured on the Earth from Space video programme

Earth from Space

27.11.2014 11:24  
Join us Friday, 28 November, at 10:00 CET for the ‘Earth from Space’ video programme. This week features Peru’s Quelccaya ice cap, the largest in the Tropics

Understanding the ‘OC’ in GOCE

25.11.2014 13:00  

A year after the satellite reentered the atmosphere, scientists using data from the GOCE satellite have made a breakthrough in our understanding of ocean currents.

GOCE results live

24.11.2014 11:27  
Follow the opening of the 5th International GOCE User Workshop via live webstream from the UNESCO headquarters on 25 November at 10:30 CET

Monitoring malaria

24.11.2014 9:23  
Satellite data are used to monitor mosquito habitat – providing insight into the prevalence and spread of malaria

Megacity

21.11.2014 10:05  
Earth observation image of the week: a Sentinel-1A radar image of Tokyo Bay, also featured on the Earth from Space video programme

Call for Media

20.11.2014 12:00  
Media are invited to a press briefing on 25 November in Paris, France, on the scientific results that continue to come from ESA’s GOCE gravity mission

Earth from Space

20.11.2014 11:40  
Join us Friday, 21 November, at 10:00 CET for the ‘Earth from Space’ video programme. This week features a Sentinel-1 radar image over ‘megacity’ Tokyo

Watch live: BiDS ’14

14.11.2014 10:45  
Follow the concluding session of the ‘Big Data from Space’ conference on Friday, 14 November at 15:40–16:00 CET

Saharan scene

14.11.2014 10:05  
Earth observation image of the week: southeastern Algeria in the heart of the Sahara desert

Watch live: BiDS ’14

13.11.2014 16:05  
Follow the ‘Big Data from Space’ conference session on managing the avalanche of data in astronomy on Friday, 14 November at 09:00–10:40 CET

Big data from space

11.11.2014 14:20  
ESA’s Nicolaus Hanowski joins the Earth from Space video programme to discuss ‘big data’ from space

Earth from Space

10.11.2014 10:45  
Join us Tuesday, 11 November, at 14:00 CET as ESA’s Nicolaus Hanowski joins the show to discuss ‘big data’ from space

DLR and ESA sign the Collaborative Ground Segment Cooperation for Sentinel data

10.11.2014 10:19  

With the first Copernicus satellite now operational, ESA and the DLR German Aerospace Center have signed an arrangement on managing and accessing Sentinel data.

Dead Sea

7.11.2014 10:05  
Earth observation image of the week: the Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth’s surface, also featured on the Earth from Space video programme

Earth from Space

6.11.2014 12:00  
Join us Friday, 7 November, at 10:00 CET for the ‘Earth from Space’ video programme. This week features an image over the Dead Sea: the lowest point on Earth’s surface

Five years of soil moisture, ocean salinity and beyond

3.11.2014 16:28  

ESA’s SMOS satellite has clocked up more than one billion kilometres orbiting Earth to improve our understanding of our planet’s water cycle. Marking its fifth birthday, all the data collected over land and ocean have been drawn together to show how moisture in the soil and salinity in the ocean change over the year.

Five years of soil moisture and beyond

3.11.2014 16:28  

ESA’s SMOS satellite has clocked up more than one billion kilometers orbiting Earth to improve our understanding of our planet’s water cycle. Marking its fifth birthday, all the data collected over land and ocean have been drawn together to show how moisture in the soil and salinity in the ocean change over the year.

Five years of soil moisture, ocean salinity and beyond

3.11.2014 16:28  

ESA’s SMOS satellite has clocked up more than one billion kilometers orbiting Earth to improve our understanding of our planet’s water cycle. Marking its fifth birthday, all the data collected over land and ocean have been drawn together to show how moisture in the soil and salinity in the ocean change over the year.

Five years of soil moisture, ocean salinity and beyond

3.11.2014 16:28  

ESA’s SMOS satellite has clocked up more than one billion kilometres orbiting Earth to improve our understanding of our planet’s water cycle. Marking its fifth birthday, all the data collected over land and ocean have been drawn together to show how moisture in the soil and salinity in the ocean change over the year.

Weeping Taranaki

31.10.2014 10:05  
Earth observation image of the week: Egmont National Park on New Zealand’s North Island, also featured on the Earth from Space video programme

Trial separation prepares for final release

30.10.2014 15:59  

Sentinel-2A is in the middle of an extensive testing programme to make sure this land-monitoring satellite is fit for launch next spring. As well as being shaken and stressed, engineers have also checked that it will separate from the rocket for its life in orbit.

Trial separation prepares for final release

30.10.2014 15:59  

Sentinel-2A is in the middle of an extensive testing programme to make sure this land-monitoring satellite is fit for launch next spring. As well as being shaken and stressed, engineers have also checked that it will separate from the rocket for its life in orbit.

Earth from Space

30.10.2014 13:16  
Join us Friday, 31 October, at 10:00 CET for the ‘Earth from Space’ video programme. This week features an image over Egmont National Park on New Zealand’s North Island

Copernicus operations secured until 2021

28.10.2014 13:30  

In a landmark agreement for Europe’s Copernicus programme, the European Commission and ESA have signed an Agreement of over €3 billion to manage and implement the Copernicus ‘space component’ between 2014 and 2021.

Copernicus operations secured until 2021

28.10.2014 13:30  

In a landmark agreement for Europe’s Copernicus programme, the European Commission and ESA have signed an Agreement of over €3 billion to manage and implement the Copernicus ‘space component’ between 2014 and 2021.

Air quality under new scrutiny

28.10.2014 10:01  

As part of the preparations for the Sentinel-5 Precursor air-quality monitoring mission, scientists teamed up in Romania recently to test different airborne systems that will be used to ensure this new satellite delivers accurate measurements of pollutants in the air we breathe.

Air quality under new scrutiny

28.10.2014 10:01  

As part of the preparations for the Sentinel-5 Precursor air-quality monitoring mission, scientists teamed up in Romania recently to test different airborne systems that will be used to ensure this new satellite delivers accurate measurements of pollutants in the air we breathe.

Land stability monitoring service wins Copernicus Masters

24.10.2014 11:35  

The first satellite-based service for extensive and uninterrupted monitoring and mapping of land stability has won the top prize in the European Earth-monitoring competition.

Land stability monitoring service wins Copernicus Masters

24.10.2014 11:35  

The first satellite-based service for extensive and uninterrupted monitoring and mapping of land stability has won the top prize in the European Earth-monitoring competition.

Mumbai

24.10.2014 10:05  
Earth observation image of the week: the western Indian city of Mumbai, also featured on the Earth from Space video programme

Earth from Space

23.10.2014 14:00  
Join us Friday, 24 October, at 10:00 CEST for the ‘Earth from Space’ video programme. This week features an image over the Indian city of Mumbai

Copernicus Sentinel-1: making our seas safer

22.10.2014 10:24  

Within the first days of its operational life, the Sentinel-1A satellite has provided data for marine services in the Arctic.

Copernicus Sentinel-1: making our seas safer

22.10.2014 10:24  

Within the first days of its operational life, the Sentinel-1A satellite has provided data for marine services in the Arctic.

Monitoring epidemics

21.10.2014 14:19  
Satellite data can help identify areas prone to the emergence and spread of epidemics such as Ebola, malaria, meningitis or dengue fever

Europe secures new generation of weather satellites

16.10.2014 16:00  

Contracts were signed today to build three pairs of MetOp Second Generation satellites, ensuring the continuity of essential information for global weather forecasting and climate monitoring for decades to come.

High desert

16.10.2014 15:27  
Earth observation image of the week: a Sentinel-1A image over the ‘high desert region’ of the northwestern United States, also featured on the Earth from Space video programme

Earth from Space

16.10.2014 14:25  
Join us Friday, 17 October, at 10:00 CEST for the ‘Earth from Space’ video programme. This week features a Sentinel-1 radar image over the ‘high desert’ in the US state of Oregon

Fishbone forest

16.10.2014 11:20  
Technology image of the week: Deforestation in western Brazil, as imaged by ESA’s Proba-V minisatellite

Romania to shed new light on the atmosphere

14.10.2014 13:40  

Romania is leading the way in an ambitious project to build an instrument to detect and monitor tiny particles suspended in the air. The new ‘lidar’– the first of its kind in Europe – is set to contribute to ESA’s satellites that focus on the atmosphere.

Kalma

10.10.2014 10:05  
Earth observation image of the week: the southern Darfur region of Sudan and the Kalma refugee camp, also featured on the Earth from Space video programme

Earth from Space

9.10.2014 14:54  
Join us Friday, 10 October, at 10:00 CEST for the ‘Earth from Space’ video programme. This week features an image acquired over southern Darfur, showing part of the Kalma refugee camp

Dragon receives high award in China

9.10.2014 10:28  

Following a decade of cooperation, China has honoured ESA’s Yves-Louis Desnos with the People’s Republic of China Friendship Award – the country’s highest honour for foreign experts who have contributed to China’s economic and social progress.

My Planet from Space

7.10.2014 14:50  

The fragility and beauty of our planet came into focus yesterday with a special viewing of satellite images at Rome’s Palazzo delle Esposizioni. The event was attended by the heads of ESA, NASA, Italy’s space agency and representatives from the Italian Presidency of the Council of the EU.

My Planet from Space

7.10.2014 9:00  
Discover the beauty and fragility of our planet in a special exhibition at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome, Italy

First Copernicus satellite now operational

6.10.2014 9:45  

With the commissioning of Sentinel-1A completed and the satellite’s transfer to the team in charge of its exploitation, its data are available as of today to all users.

This marks the beginning of the satellite’s operational life, delivering radar coverage for an array of applications in the areas of oceans, ice, changing land and emergency response.

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