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Best of ERS: 20 years of observing Earth

Watch the celebration and scientific workshop on the legacy of the two ERS satellite missions. The events were held on 27 September at ESRIN, ESA's centre for Earth observation, in Frascati, Italy.

Around the world - 50,000 times

ESA's Envisat observation satellite yesterday completed its 50,000th circuit of Earth - travelling 2.25 billion km since its launch nearly a decade ago.

ESRIN network maintenance on 04 October 2011

A maintenance activity will take place at the ESA-ESRIN facility from 10:00 to 15:00 CET on Tuesday 04 October 2011.

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Envisat ASAR Background Mission - new areas added

27 September 2011

From 07 October until 21 December 2011 (end of cycle#109) the following new areas in ASAR Global Monitoring Mode (ASA_GM) / HH polarization, will be added to the ASAR nominal background mission.

SCIAMACHY configuration change for off-line Level 1b processing

28 September 2011

On 04 October 2011, a configuration change will be applied to the operational processing of SCIAMACHY off-line Level 1b data.

SCIAMACHY upgrade of the Level 2 fast-delivery and off-line processor

28 September 2011

On 04 October 2011, the new SCIAMACHY Level 2 processor version 5.02 will be activated both for the Level 2 fast-delivery and consolidated off-line forward processing chains replacing the current processor 5.01.

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Planning activities


Special Acquisition Plan

Satellite: Envisat
Date Orbit Instrument Mode
26-Sept-2011 50060 ASA_IM_IS2_HH
27-Sept-2011 50082 ASA_IM_IS4_HH
07-Oct-2011 50218 ASA_IM_IS4_HH

Satellite: Envisat
Date Orbit Instrument Mode
30-Sept-2011 50118 ASA_WS_VV
03-Oct-2011 50161 ASA_WS_VV

Earth Watching activities

New images have been published for the following event:
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Due to an on-board anomaly the following instrument unavailability periods have been recorded:

  • SCIAMACHY from 22 Sept 2011 02:59:25 to 23 Sept 2011 09:30:36 UTC

  • GOMOS from 23 Sept 2011 19:44:44 to 26 Sept 2011 12:04:39 UTC

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Bachu elevations

The ERS missions pioneered the technique of processing satellite radar data into digital elevation models, as shown here of Bachu and the nearby Tian Shan mountains. A digital elevation model is a 3D relief map to study changes in the terrain.

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GlobWave User Meeting, National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI), Cork

5 October 2011 - 6 October 2011

This User Meeting is the second one of the project and will be hosted at the National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI) in Cork on the 05-06 October 2011. The event is planned to span the whole day of 05 to 06 October.

The meeting will allow participants to explain how the GlobWave data is being used in a series of lectures and posters, as well as the project team outlining the latest developments.

Meeting registration deadline: 04 October 2011

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Earth Observation for Ocean-Atmosphere Interactions Science

29 November 2011 - 2 December 2011

This joint ESA-SOLAS-EGU conference aims at bringing together the EO and SOLAS communities, as well as scientific institutions and space agencies involved in the observation, characterisation and forecasting of ocean-atmosphere interactions and their impacts.

Paper submission deadline and Symposium: 29 November - 02 December 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

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Sentinel-2 Preparatory Symposium

23 - 27 April 2012

The European Space Agency is organising the first 'Sentinel-2 Preparatory Symposium', which will be hosted in ESA-ESRIN, Frascati, Italy, from 23 to 27 April 2012.

The Symposium is open to ESA Principal Investigators, co-investigators, Sentinel-2 users, scientists, students, representatives from national, European and international space agencies and value adding industries.

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Eduspace website expanded and extended to Greece

For many years, ESA's Eduspace website has been a window on the world for secondary students and teachers, providing an invaluable introduction to Earth observation and its applications. The site has now been updated and improved with new case studies and a Greek version.