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Success Stories

Read articles about the successes of ESA's mission programmes and applications of the data obtained by the satellites.

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    22 Nov 2023

    Swarm set for continued success after 10 years in orbit

    ESA’s mission to unravel the mysteries of Earth’s magnetic field has just reached a decade of successful operations.

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    20 Oct 2022

    Swarm data help estimate the impact of space weather

    Energy from space weather mostly deposits itself as heat in the upper atmosphere, posing risks to satellites orbiting in the same altitude.

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    23 May 2022

    Swarm unveils magnetic waves deep down

    Using information from ESA’s Swarm satellite mission, scientists have discovered a completely new type of magnetic wave that sweeps across the outermost part of Earth’s outer core every seven years.

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    16 Dec 2021

    Swarm’s orbital dance: counter-rotating and closer, for the benefit of science

    Since variations in Earth’s magnetic field directly reflect the flow of fluid in the outermost core, new information from Swarm will further our understanding of the physics and dynamics of Earth's stormy heart—and the satellites are recently flying in a counter-rotating phase and closer in their separation, to enable scientists to discover new elements.

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    29 Apr 2020

    Gravity Field Models from Swarm data

    In addition to its geomagnetic objectives, GPS receivers onboard Swarm can and have already been exploited to measure temporal variations in Earth's global gravity field.

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    27 Nov 2019

    Steve over the picket fence

    Strange ribbons of purple light that appeared in the sky – known as Steve – and became the subject of a debate in 2017.

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    13 May 2019

    ESA's Earth Explorers surpassing expectations

    In this video, learn how each Earth Explorer mission is contributing to Earth science, and changing the way we look at our beloved planet.

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    10 May 2018

    Magnetic lithosphere detailed

    Detailed map of the tiny magnetic signals generated by Earth's lithosphere is being used to understand more about Earth's geological history.