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Discover the latest news on the European Space Agency's Earth Observation activities. Learn all about new data availability and how ESA's missions are performing.

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  • News - Events and Proceedings

    Data preservation takes centre stage at Living Planet Symposium 26 May 2022

    News - Events and Proceedings

    Data preservation takes centre stage at Living Planet Symposium

    Against the backdrop of the famed Rhine River, world-class scientists and Earth observation data-users are gathered this week in the historical city of Bonn, at the Living Planet Symposium (LPS).

  • News - Success Stories

    How ESA uses space data to explore deep Earth 18 May 2022

    News - Success Stories

    How ESA uses space data to explore deep Earth

    As anthropogenic activities continue to unbalance our environment, scientists strive to fully understand the intricate interactions within Earth’s system.

  • News - General News

    Interviewing Mirko Albani 12 Apr 2022

    News - General News

    Interviewing Mirko Albani

    ESA’s Heritage Space Programme Manager describes the goals of the programme, some of the challenges involved in preserving and improving 40 years of historical Earth observation data, and his passion for curating this long-term archive.

  • News - Success Stories

    Satellite data central to ocean monitoring 31 Mar 2022

    News - Success Stories

    Satellite data central to ocean monitoring

    Over 95% of Earth’s water is found in our oceans, and yet sadly, oceans are under stress from climate change and pollution. Monitoring our oceans is vital for Earth’s survival and satellites are the primary means of long-term and independent observation of our vast ocean bodies and their associated coastal zones.

  • News - Success Stories

    New open-source Python library improves rapid mapping services 17 Mar 2022

    News - Success Stories

    New open-source Python library improves rapid mapping services

    In emergency services, rapid response is paramount. ICube-SERTIT’s Rapid Mapping Service provides near real-time delivery of geo-information to help emergency services respond quickly to disasters such as flooding, fires and landslides. A new Python open-source library, called EOReader, speeds up this mapping response by enabling the easy opening of imagery from multiple satellite sensors, both optical and synthetic aperture radar (SAR).

  • News - General News

    Introducing Mirko Albani 4 Mar 2022

    News - General News

    Introducing Mirko Albani

    In this short introduction, ESA's Heritage Missions Programme Manager describes what he likes most about ESA's long term archive of satellite mission data and his role in the programme.

  • News - Success Stories

    PAZ - Spain's radar success 17 Feb 2022

    News - Success Stories

    PAZ - Spain's radar success

    One way of collecting images in unfavourable weather is to use Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR). PAZ is one such Earth observation mission capable of delivering all-weather imagery thanks to its X-band SAR.

  • News - General News

    PAZ infographic 15 Feb 2022

    News - General News

    PAZ infographic

    Learn more about the PAZ mission, a Spanish X-Band SAR satellite and part of ESA's Third Party Missions programme, in our latest infographic.

  • News - Maintenance News

    ESA data dissemination maintenance 08 February 2022 7 Feb 2022

    News - Maintenance News

    ESA data dissemination maintenance 08 February 2022

    A software maintenance affecting the ERS and Envisat (A)SAR data dissemination service has been planned on Tuesday 08 February 2022, from 08:30 to 11:30 UTC.

  • News - Success Stories

    Satellite data boost global understanding of land surface 2 Feb 2022

    News - Success Stories

    Satellite data boost global understanding of land surface

    Understanding our changing land surface is essential in the study of climate change. Satellites are used to monitor changes to the material that covers Earth’s surface, so-called land cover, such as vegetation and water.

  • News - Data Release news

    New imaging modes added to PAZ collection 18 Jan 2022

    News - Data Release news

    New imaging modes added to PAZ collection

    Two new imaging modes, Wide ScanSAR and Staring Spotlight, have been added to the PAZ offering and are now available to users for research and application development following submission of a project proposal subject to evaluation and acceptance by ESA and the data owner.

  • News - Maintenance News

    ESA data dissemination maintenance 20 December 2021 16 Dec 2021

    News - Maintenance News

    ESA data dissemination maintenance 20 December 2021

    A software maintenance affecting the ERS and Envisat (A)SAR dissemination services has been planned on Monday 20 December 2021, from 08:30 to 10:30 UTC.

  • News - Maintenance News

    ESA data dissemination maintenance – 22 - 24 November 2021 17 Nov 2021

    News - Maintenance News

    ESA data dissemination maintenance – 22 - 24 November 2021

    A planned software maintenance activity will affect ESA's data dissemination services from Monday 22 November to Wednesday 24 November 2021.

  • News - Maintenance News

    ESA Third Party Missions collections maintenance 15 November 2021 10 Nov 2021

    News - Maintenance News

    ESA Third Party Missions collections maintenance 15 November 2021

    A planned software maintenance will affect ESA's Third Party Missions data dissemination service next Monday 15 November 2021 from 07:30 to 08:30 UTC

  • News - General News

    Third Party Missions infographic 8 Nov 2021

    News - General News

    Third Party Missions infographic

    ESA’s Third Party Missions programme consists of almost 50 satellite missions, which are owned by organisations around the world. ESA has agreements with these organisations to acquire, process, and distribute data from their missions

  • News - Events and Proceedings

    Φ-Week Triumphs 25 Oct 2021

    News - Events and Proceedings

    Φ-Week Triumphs

    In its fourth edition, Φ-Week presented the scientific community with amazing opportunities and projects—thus running alongside innovation at 360 degrees.

  • News - Success Stories

    ERS' Contribution to Altimetry 11 Oct 2021

    News - Success Stories

    ERS' Contribution to Altimetry

    Satellite radar altimetry missions have transformed the way we see Earth and its oceans. Using the ranging capability of radars, they measure the surface topography profile along a satellite’s track.

  • News - General News

    ESA Third Party Missions timeline 23 Sept 2021

    News - General News

    ESA Third Party Missions timeline

    We've released a new timeline to illustrate the history of the ESA Third Party Missions.

  • News - Maintenance News

    ESA data dissemination - Maintenance on 17 August 2021 13 Aug 2021

    News - Maintenance News

    ESA data dissemination - Maintenance on 17 August 2021

    Due to a scheduled software patching campaign on 17 August, a series of data dissemination services will experience a short downtime.

  • News - Maintenance News

    MERCI (A)ATSR web interface - Maintenance 28 July 2021 23 July 2021

    News - Maintenance News

    MERCI (A)ATSR web interface - Maintenance 28 July 2021

    A planned software maintenance activity will affect ESA's MERCI web interface, providing access to ERS and Envisat (A)ATSR data collections, on 28 July.