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Thales Alenia Space leads the build of photosynthesis mission


18 Jan 2019

Earth Explorer FLEX mission
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A new contract seals the deal for Thales Alenia Space to lead the consortium that is building ESA's photosynthesis mission: FLEX.

Remarkably, from over 800 km above Earth, this novel mission will yield information about the health of the world's plants by measuring a faint glow they give off as they convert carbon dioxide and sunlight into energy-rich carbohydrates.

Photosynthesis is one of the most fundamental processes on Earth – and one on which life depends. While most of us will have heard of the process, many may not be aware that plants emit a small florescence signal as they grow.

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