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ESA Invitation to Tender for novel research and application related to GOCE data

27 April 2010

Within the context of the Support to Science Element (STSE) of ESA's Earth observation programme, the Agency is announcing an invitation to tender for novel research and application based on GOCE data. The deadline for proposals has - upon request from bidders - been extended to 16 July 2010.

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Envisat orbit control manoeuvre (OCM) - Return to operation

29 April 2010

Following the planned orbit control manoeuvre (OCM) which was executed from 26 - 27 April 2010, the precise unavailability periods for the affected instruments are now available.

MIPAS Instrument Decontamination, 05-12 May 2010

28 April 2010

The regular MIPAS instrument decontamination was postponed due to the Eyjafjallajökull eruption (mission operation news of 20 April 2010). The activity is now scheduled for the period 05-12 May 2010 during which the MIPAS instrument will not be available. The decontamination will start on 05 May at 07:35 UTC.

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O'Higgins (TF), Antarctica

29 April 2010

The ERS-2 acquisition campaign which started on 12 January was successfully completed on 26 April 2010. The acquired data is available in the EOLI-SA catalogue.

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FORMOSAT-2 data now available

29 April 2010

Formosat-2 data are made available both to GMES Service Projects and the cat-1 user community.

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Planning Activities


Plots of the planned ERS-2 SAR acquisitions for the coming week are available here.
Planning over the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

Satellite: ENVISAT
Date Orbit Instrument Mode
26-Apr-2010 42636 ASA_WS_VV

Earth Watching Activities

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Re-designed Earth Watching website

A new graphical layout has been designed and launched for Earth Watching, with the aims of making the website more consistent with the ESA web portal look & feel, revamping its graphical identity and making it both more usable and more accessible for users.

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North Sea, Europe

These two Envisat images over the North Sea illustrate the absence of aircraft over Europe following the ban on air travel enforced due to safety concerns over volcanic ash plumes billowing from the recent eruption in Iceland.

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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.