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MIPAS - Planned Instrument Decontamination between 20-28 April 2010

13 April 2010

Due to the regular instrument decontamination, the MIPAS instrument on ENVISAT will not be available in the period between 20-28 April 2010.

New MIPAS Level 2 validation dataset available

14 April 2010

A new MIPAS validation dataset aligned with the upcoming operational Level 2 processor version 5 is available to the validation teams.

New SCIAMACHY validation dataset available

14 April 2010

A new SCIAMACHY validation dataset for the operational Level 1 processor version 7.03 and Level 2 processor version 5.01 is available to the validation teams.

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ESA's ice mission delivers first data

14 April 2010

ESA's CryoSat-2 has delivered its first data just hours after ground controllers switched on the satellite's sophisticated radar instrument for the first time. CryoSat-2 was launched on 8 April and has been performing exceptionally well during these critical first few days in orbit.

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Planning Activities


Plots of the planned ERS-2 SAR acquisitions for the coming week are available here.

Satellite: ENVISAT
Date Orbit Instrument Mode
17-Apr-2010 42500 MERIS_FR
23-Apr-2010 42593 ASA_IM_IS2_VV
27-Apr-2010 42643 ASA_IM_IS2_VV
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Due to an on-board anomaly the following instrument unavailability period has been recorded:

  • SCIAMACHY from 14-Apr-2010 11:46:40 to 15-Apr-2010 12:23:46 UTC

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Dutch Wadden Sea, Netherlands

This satellite image shows the ever-moving sandbanks in the shallow Wadden Sea in the north of the Netherlands. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site last year, this unique region is one of the largest wetlands in the world.
SPOT-4 acquired this image on 8 May 2006 with a spatial resolution of 20 m. SPOT-4 is supported by ESA as a 'Third Party Mission', which means ESA utilises its multi-mission European ground infrastructure and expertise to acquire, process and distribute data from the satellite to its wide user community. The SPOT system was designed by the French space agency (CNES) and is operated by Spot Image.

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ESA Living Planet Symposium 2010

28 June 2010 - 2 July 2010

The 2010 European Space Agency Living Planet Symposium follows the previous successful ENVISAT Symposia in Montreux (2007), Salzburg (2004), Gothenburg (2000), Florence (1997), Hamburg (1993) and Cannes (1992). The Symposium will provide an opportunity to present results from missions in exploitation (ERS-2, ENVISAT, GOCE, SMOS, CRYOSAT, Third Party Missions) and to introduce future ESA missions (GMES Sentinels, Earth Explorers, meteorological missions) and national EO missions.

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New CryoSat technical website

A new technical website for the ESA's Earth Explorer CryoSat mission has been implemented and launched on Earthnet Online. CryoSat-2 has been launched on 8 April 2010 by a Russian Dnepr rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.