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Aeolus wows with first wind data

12 September 2018

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Just one week after ESA's Aeolus satellite shone a light on our atmosphere and returned a taster of what's in store, this ground-breaking mission has again exceeded all expectations by delivering its first data on wind – a truly remarkable feat so early in its life in space.

Florence Rabier, Director General of the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), said, "We always knew that Aeolus would be an exceptional mission, but these first results have really impressed us.

"The satellite hasn't even been in orbit a month yet, but the results so far look extremely promising, far better than anyone expected at this early stage.

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Zooming in on Mexico's landscape

22 October 2018

As part of a scientific collaboration with the Mexican Space Agency, ESA has combined images from the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission to produce a detailed view of the vegetation growing across the entire country.

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The high-resolution land-cover map combines images captured by Copernicus Sentinel-2 between 2016 and 2018.