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ɸ-week kicks off

12 November 2018

With satellites delivering a mindboggling amount of data about our planet along with the availability of the latest digital technologies, there are countless opportunities for innovation. ESA's ɸ-week, which kicked off today, explores how this new world can be embraced to bring even more benefits to all.

SMOS multimedia book

12 November 2018

A new interactive PDF has been released, providing multimedia information on all aspects of the SMOS mission.

OTF maintenance on 13 and 14 November 2018

12 November 2018

Due to a planned software maintenance on Tuesday 13, and Wednesday 14 November 2018, the ERS / Envisat and ALOS PALSAR dissemination services will be unavailable during the following timeframes:

  • 13 November: from 09:30 to 12:30 CET – ERS / Envisat OTF dissemination service
  • 14 November: from 09:30 to 11:30 CET – ALOS PALSAR OTF dissemination service.

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Josef Aschbacher on Φ-week

12 November 2018

In an interview, ESA's Director of Earth Observation Programmes, Josef Aschbacher, explains how his concept of Φ, pronounced ‘fee', is set to exploit this golden age and how he hopes the Φ-week event, being held on 12–16 November 2018 in Italy, will further launch new ideas.

Φ-week live

12 November 2018

We live in exciting times of rapid evolution for innovative Earth observation science and applications. Satellite data are becoming increasingly important to monitor and understand our planet and create new business opportunities for the new generation of data and digital entrepreneurs.

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Handing over MetOp-C

12 November 2018

Mission teams at ESA's ESOC operations centre in Germany handed control of the recently launched MetOp-C satellite to Eumetsat, the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites, on Saturday morning, just three days after launch.

Extension of Swarm 2 Hz TII Cross-Track data flow dataset

08 November 2018

We would like to inform the Swarm users that the 2 Hz TII Cross-Track data flow dataset has been extended in the ESA FTP server, including additional data during 2017 for spacecraft A, and sparse days in 2014, for A and B spacecraft.

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ESA’s gravity-mapper reveals relics of ancient continents under Antarctic ice

07 November 2018

It was five years ago this month that ESA's GOCE gravity-mapping satellite finally gave way to gravity, but its results are still yielding buried treasure – giving a new view of the remnants of lost continents hidden deep under the ice sheet of Antarctica.

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Proba-V images the Yucatán peninsula

07 November 2018

ESA's Proba-V minisatellite images the verdant Yucatán peninsula, once home to the Maya civilization and the site of the impact believed to have doomed the dinosaurs.

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Europe’s third polar-orbiting weather satellite lofted into orbit

07 November 2018

The third MetOp satellite, MetOp-C, has been launched on a Soyuz rocket from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana to continue the provision of data for weather forecasting from polar orbit.

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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.