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GOCE mission extension approved

24 November 2010

With the approval of the Earth Observation Envelope Program Development and Exploitation Component Work Plan for 2011 the Earth Observation Programme Board has today approved the extension of the GOCE mission until the end of 2012.

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GOMOS restart after ENVISAT orbit lowering manoeuvre

25 November 2010

The planning anomaly that prevented the restart of GOMOS after ENVISAT orbit lowering manoeuvre (22 October 2010) has been solved. As a consequence, GOMOS will resume operations on Monday early morning, 29 November 2010.

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ESA's ice mission goes live

23 November 2010

With the commissioning of ESA's CryoSat now complete, the mission has been officially transferred to the operations team. This milestone marks the beginning of the satellite's operational life delivering ice-thickness data to understand the impact of climate change on the polar environment.

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ALT.WAP dataset available online

26 November 2010

The ERS-1 and ERS-2 Radar Altimeter ALT.WAP dataset is now available online. In order to access this new online collection, users may submit a registration form at /web/guest/pi-community

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Planning activities


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

Satellite: Envisat
Date Orbit Instrument mode
23-Nov-2010 45657 ASA_IM_IS7_HH
24-Nov-2010 45665 ASA_IM_IS4_HH
25-Nov-2010 45686 ASA_IM_IS1_HH
27-Nov-2010 45708 ASA_IM_IS2_HH

Satellite: ERS-2
Date Orbit Track Frames
25-Nov-2010 81558 41 1809-1953
26-Nov-2010 81572 55 1809-1971
27-Nov-2010 81586 69 1917-1971
28-Nov-2010 81601 84 1881-1971
29-Nov-2010 81615 98 1899-1971
30-Nov-2010 81629 112 1917-1971
02-Dec-2010 81658 141 1899-1971
03-Dec-2010 81672 155 1917-1971
05-Dec-2010 81701 184 1881-1971
06-Dec-2010 81715 198 1899-1971
08-Dec-2010 81744 227 1881-1971
09-Dec-2010 81758 241 1899-1971
10-Dec-2010 81772 255 1935-1971
12-Dec-2010 81801 284 1899-1971

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Due to an on-board anomaly the following instrument unavailability period has been recorded:

  • SCIAMACHY from 20-Nov-2010 22:39:19 to 22-Nov-2010 12:35:24 UTC

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Tanezrouft Basin, Algerian Sahara

The pastel colours and soft, flowing shapes in this Envisat radar image of the Tanezrouft Basin in the Algerian Sahara contradict the harshness of the terrain that has led to it being commonly referred to as the 'Land of Terror'.

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Sentinel Scientific Products for Land, Ocean, and Cryosphere: Assessment & Consolidation Workshop

22 March 2011 - 24 March 2011

The workshop (hosted in ESRIN, Frascati, Italy) will facilitate a broad discussion on the scientific potential of Sentinel 1, 2, and 3 measurements and products which could significantly advance the scientific progress in Land Surface, Solid Earth, Ocean and Cryosphere system research.

Registration deadline: 11 March 2011