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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 - General News

    Minor Update for the SMOS Near Real Time Sea Surface Wind Speed Processor 23 Nov 2022

    News - General News

    Minor Update for the SMOS Near Real Time Sea Surface Wind Speed Processor

    An updated version of the SMOS Near Real Time Sea Surface Wind Speed Processor - Version 302 - was released on the 23 November 2022.

  • News - Success Stories

    New worldwide dataset captures the planet in fine detail 17 Nov 2022

    News - Success Stories

    New worldwide dataset captures the planet in fine detail

    Scientists have developed an open source planetwide dataset of high-resolution Earth observation imagery, thanks to commercial data delivered by ESA’s Third Party Missions (TPM) programme.

  • News - Success Stories

    SMOS data improve estimates of rainfall in Africa 3 Nov 2022

    News - Success Stories

    SMOS data improve estimates of rainfall in Africa

    Scientists have used soil moisture data from ESA’s SMOS mission to correct high-resolution satellite-based estimates of precipitation in Africa.

  • News - Data Release news

    Full European Landsat data collection now available under the same catalogue 27 Sept 2022

    News - Data Release news

    Full European Landsat data collection now available under the same catalogue

    The Full European Landsat data collection, from Landsat-1 to Landsat-8, is now available under the same catalogue

  • News - Success Stories

    Satellite data predicts lower wheat crop yield 7 Sept 2022

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    Satellite data predicts lower wheat crop yield

    In a market pressed with short supply of grain the dry spring weather of 2022 was devastating for European wheat production, according to a new drought monitor that draws on data from ESA’s SMOS Earth observation mission

  • News - Data Release news

    New Data Voucher for Planetscope on-demand 31 Aug 2022

    News - Data Release news

    New Data Voucher for Planetscope on-demand

    ESA’s Third Party Missions Programme offers researchers, scientists and companies from around the world access to Planet’s high-frequency, high-resolution satellite data for non-commercial use.

  • News - Success Stories

    Space helps monitor Earth’s changing biosphere 21 July 2022

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    Space helps monitor Earth’s changing biosphere

    Earth’s biosphere is continually changing. Through its pioneering Earth observation missions, ESA is making critical contributions to monitor these changes and their impacts on Earth’s water and carbon cycles.

  • News - General News

    14 July 2022

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    Campaign using surface reflectance data to support validation of Earth observation products

    Scientists from around the world are set to take part in a drone monitoring campaign and inter-comparison exercise that will deliver surface reflectance data to support the validation of Earth observation products.

  • News - Success Stories

    Transforming space data into climate action 30 June 2022

    News - Success Stories

    Transforming space data into climate action

    ESA’s Earth observation activities are playing a key role in the revitalised global drive to combat climate change.

  • News - General News

    PROBA-1 Infographic 28 June 2022

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    PROBA-1 Infographic

    Learn about ESA's PROBA-1 (Project for On-Board Autonomy) mission in our new infographic.

  • News - General News

    Vision-1 infographic 14 June 2022

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    Vision-1 infographic

    Learn about Vision-1, which joined ESA's Third Party Missions programme in May, in our new infographic.

  • News - Events and Proceedings

    QA4SM Evolution in FRM4SM presented at sixth Soil Moisture Validation Workshop 6 June 2022

    News - Events and Proceedings

    QA4SM Evolution in FRM4SM presented at sixth Soil Moisture Validation Workshop

    The use and distribution of EO Soil Moisture (SM) data calls for rigorous, automated quality assessment procedures.

  • News - Data Release news

    SMOS reprocessed Sea Surface Wind Speed dataset is now available 1 June 2022

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    SMOS reprocessed Sea Surface Wind Speed dataset is now available

    The entire SMOS L1B archive has been reprocessed with the latest version of the Sea Surface Wind Speed processor V300 which was deployed into the SMOS wind near real time service in August 2021.

  • 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 - Data Release news

    PlanetScope and Skysat data available through ESA’s Third Party Missions Programme 20 May 2022

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    PlanetScope and Skysat data available through ESA’s Third Party Missions Programme

    Through ESA’s Third Party Missions Programme, researchers, scientists and companies from around the world can apply to access Planet’s high-frequency, high-resolution satellite data for non-commercial use.

  • News - Success Stories

    Predicting crop yield using Planet data 5 May 2022

    News - Success Stories

    Predicting crop yield using Planet data

    The world’s population continues to grow, while the climate crisis is raising Earth’s temperatures and increasing the likelihood of extreme weather events – all of which affect food security.

  • News - General News

    Interviewing Mirko Albani 12 Apr 2022

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    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 - Data Release news

    SMOS L2 Sea Surface Salinity products documentation updates 24 Mar 2022

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    SMOS L2 Sea Surface Salinity products documentation updates

    SMOS L2 Sea Surface Salinity product validation report is now available.

  • News - Success Stories

    How Envisat helped to shape global understanding of Earth’s systems 1 Mar 2022

    News - Success Stories

    How Envisat helped to shape global understanding of Earth’s systems

    Twenty years have passed since a ground-breaking European spacecraft designed to deliver unprecedented insight into the planet’s changing environment was lofted into orbit.

  • News - General News

    GEOSAT-2 infographic 22 Feb 2022

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    GEOSAT-2 infographic

    The GEOSAT series consists of two very high-resolution satellites, capable of acquiring sub-metric multispectral images. The missions are part of ESA's Third Party Missions programme, and GEOSAT-2 is summarised in our latest infographic.