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ENVISAT Extension Phase (Phase 3) - Preliminary status on instrument product quality

02 November 2010

ENVISAT has successfully been lowered into its new altitude. Between 22 October and 02 November ENVISAT was in Yaw Steering Mode (YSM). Since 2 November, 10:25 UTC, ENVISAT is in Stellar Yaw Steering Mode (SYSM), which is the nominal mode of operations.

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CryoSat ice mission gets clean bill of health

03 November 2010

Realising a satellite mission is a complicated task, with many milestones to pass before data are delivered to advance our understanding of Earth. However, scientists will soon have access to precious information on ice thickness as the commissioning of ESA's CryoSat draws to a close.

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O'Higgins (TF), Antarctica

04 November 2010

An ERS-2 acquisition campaign is foreseen for the following period: 15 November - 22 December 2010

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ESA's SMOS water mission celebrates first year in orbit

04 November 2010

A year ago, ESA's SMOS satellite was launched to improve our knowledge of the water cycle. We are now not only closer to understanding more about Earth, but the novel technology employed by SMOS is clearly demonstrating a new way of monitoring Earth from space.

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Planning activities


Plots of the planned ERS-2 SAR acquisitions for the coming week are available.
Special acquisition plans

Satellite: ERS-2
Date Orbit Track Frames
05-Nov-2010 81270 254 3195 - 3267
Planning over Antarctica (French helicopter crash in Antarctica)

Satellite: Envisat
Date Orbit Instrument mode
30-Oct-2010 45312 ASA_WS_HH
30-Oct-2010 45317 ASA_WS_HH
31-Oct-2010 45326 ASA_WS_HH
31-Oct-2010 45331 ASA_WS_HH

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Lake Mead, USA

This Envisat image features the manmade Lake Mead, located east of Las Vegas (visible) and west of the Grand Canyon along the border of the US states of Arizona (bottom, east of river) and Nevada (the rest).