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Sentinel-2 catches eye of algal storm

04 September 2015

The Sentinel-2A satellite has been in orbit for only a matter of weeks, but new images of an algal bloom in the Baltic Sea show that it is already exceeding expectations. Built essentially as a land monitoring mission, Sentinel-2 will also certainly find its way into marine applications.

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Chilubi Island, Zambia

An astronaut aboard the International Space Station took this photograph of the strange rounded shapes along the coastline of Zambia's Chilubi Island on 14 June 2015. The light-toned sand island stands out from the dark waters of Lake Bangweulu.

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NASA soil moisture radar ends operations, mission science continues

02 September 2015

Mission managers for NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory have determined that its radar, one of the satellite's two science instruments, can no longer return data. However, the mission, which was launched in January to map global soil moisture and detect whether soils are frozen or thawed, continues to produce high-quality science measurements supporting SMAP's objectives with its radiometer instrument.

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Release of JAXA Himawari Monitor

02 September 2015

The Earth Observation Research Center (EORC) of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has released a new webpage "JAXA Himawari Monitor" showing the colour images and the quicklook images of the geophysical data from the geostationary satellite of Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), Himawari-8.

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Preparing for GOES-R: Practice makes perfect

04 September 2015

Once launched and operational NOAA's next generation weather satellite, GOES-R, will provide scans of Earth five times faster at four times the image resolution than previous geostationary satellites.

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How to get rid of a satellite after its retirement

01 September 2015

Researchers at University of La Rioja (Spain) have developed a new method to eliminate artificial satellites in Highly Elliptical Orbits when they finish their mission. The methodology, which allows for a reduction of both cost and risk, has been tested with the European Space Agency INTEGRAL mission, which will re-enter into the Earth's atmosphere in order to disintegrate in 2029.

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Living Planet Symposium 2016

09 May - 13 May 2016

Organisation: European Space Agency (ESA)

Location: Prague, Czech Republic

Registration deadline: 22 April 2016

Symposium overview:

The 2016 European Space Agency Living Planet Symposium is organised with the support of the Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic.

The main objectives of the symposium are:

  • Present the progress and plans for the implementation of ESA Earth Observation strategy and the relevance of ESA's EO Programme to societal challenges, science and economy.
  • Provide an international forum to scientists, researchers and users to present and share state of the art results based on ESA's Earth Observation and third-party mission data.
  • Review the development of Earth Observation applications.
  • Present the Copernicus space component and operational services.
  • Report on ESA's Exploitation Programmes (i.e. Climate Change Initiative, SEOM, DUE, VAE, STSE).
  • Introduce the current and future planned Earth Observation missions.
  • Outline ESA's international cooperation in the field of Earth Observation.
  • Provide dedicated thematic tutorials and demonstrations.

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Visit the eoPortal database to find out about spaceborne EO missions and sensors to discover more about past, operational and future missions. This is complemented with detailed articles of airborne sensors.

This database is based on the book of Herbert J. Kramer Observation of the Earth and its Environments and describes over 600 missions in detail. Online updated version of "Earth Observation History of Technical Introduction" available as of January 02, 2017.