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Pioneering ERS environment satellite retires

05 July 2011

After 16 years spent gathering a wealth of data that has revolutionised our understanding of Earth, ESA's veteran ERS-2 satellite is being retired.

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EO-SSO - CARE CMS registration

To improve and secure access to ESA's Earth Observation systems and services, we are pleased to announce a set of new features to help with the management of users' personal information.

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GOCE Mass property file updated with data up to 04/07/2011

04 July 2011

The file contains data describing the evolution of the GOCE mass properties due to Xenon and Nitrogen propellant consumption since launch.

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GOMOS CCD hot pixel annealing on 05/06 July 2011

01 July 2011

In order to counteract the increase of hot pixels which has been causing the increase of the GOMOS CCDs dark current since the beginning of the mission, ESA has decided to apply an annealing process to the spectrometers detectors on 05/06 July 2011.

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Special acquisition plans

Satellite: Envisat
Date Orbit Instrument Mode
26-July-2011 49176 ASA_IM_IS6_HH
30-July-2011 49226 ASA_IM_IS6_HH
03-Aug-2011 49291 ASA_IM_IS6_HH
06-Aug-2011 49334 ASA_IM_IS6_HH
07-Aug-2011 49341 ASA_IM_IS6_HH
14-Aug-2011 49449 ASA_IM_IS6_HH
18-Aug-2011 49499 ASA_IM_IS6_HH
22-Aug-2011 49564 ASA_IM_IS6_HH

Earth Watching activities

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Summer ice retreat

As we embrace the start of the summer months in the northern hemisphere, Envisat has captured this image of part of Greenland's ice sheet and east coast as the winter sea ice recedes.

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Fringe 2011 Workshop - Advances in the Science and Applications of SAR Interferometry

19 September 2011 - 23 September 2011

The European Space Agency is organising Fringe 2011, its 8th International Workshop on "Advances in the Science and Applications of SAR Interferometry", which will be hosted in ESA-ESRIN, Frascati, Italy, between 19 - 23 September 2011. The series of workshops started in 1992 and are currently organised by ESA every two years.

Registration opened: 15 July 2011

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NEST InSAR course 2011

26 September 2011 - 27 September 2011

ESA is organising the NEST InSAR 2 day course devoted to the Next ESA SAR Toolbox (NEST) and its InSAR capability.

The Course will be hosted in Frascati, Italy on 26-27 September 2011, just after the Fringe 2011 workshop.

Application deadline: 08 July 2011

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SMOS Science Workshop

27 September 2011 - 29 September 2011

The French space agency (CNES) and the European Space Agency are jointly organising a workshop, in France, to provide scientists and data users with the opportunity to present results from their research activities exploiting data from the SMOS mission.

Registration deadline: 30 July 2011

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American Geophysical Union meeting

5 December 2011 - 9 December 2011

The American Geophysical Union (AGU) meeting in San Francisco will have a special session dedicated to CryoSat: C05, CryoSat-2: Science and Validation During the First Year and The Outlook for Sentinel 3.

Abstract deadline: 04 August 2011

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GRSG AGM and OGEO Workshop 2011

7 December 2011 - 9 December 2011

'Advances in geological remote sensing' is this year's theme for the Geological Remote Sensing Group (GRSG) AGM. The event to be held in Frascati, Italy, also includes the second OGEO workshop aimed at bridging the oil and gas sector with the EO Service community. The GRSG will address applied and fundamental research that explores the application of remote sensing in mapping, monitoring and understanding the relationship between geology and the environment.

Paper submission deadline: 30 September 2011