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Copernicus 20 years on

21 June 2018

This week marks 20 years since the manifesto was signed that gave rise to Europe's Copernicus environmental programme. With seven Sentinel satellites already in orbit delivering terabytes of data every day, Copernicus is the biggest provider of Earth observation data in the world.

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Restless Kilauea

14 June 2018

Fiery lava continues to pour from the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island. These Copernicus Sentinel-2 images from 23 May, 07 June and 12 June 2018 show the relentless flow of lava and clouds of ash. This is an update of the Hawaii lava flow animation published on 08 June.

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Antarctica hikes up sea level

13 June 2018

In a major collaborative effort, scientists from around the world have used information from satellites to reveal that ice melting in Antarctica has not only raised sea levels by 7.6 mm since 1992, but, critically, almost half of this rise has occurred in the last five years.

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In the clean room with Aeolus

13 June 2018

In this special edition of Earth from Space, ESA's Aeolus Project Manager, Anders Elfving, joins us in the cleanroom at Airbus Defence and Space in Toulouse, France, to talk about the challenges in developing the mission's pioneering laser technology.

Copernicus Sentinels to help measure Earth's biomass

07 June 2018

The amount of carbon stored in Earth's forests and how it is changing will be measured in the forthcoming Climate Change Initiative Biomass project, in which the legacy of GlobBiomass will be carried forward to the Sentinels' era.

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Sicily hotspot

05 June 2018

Launched on 25 April 2018, Sentinel-3B has already delivered some impressive first images from its ocean and land colour instrument, from its altimeter and from the optical channels of its radiometer.


With the radiometer's thermal-infrared channels now turned on, the satellite completes its set of firsts with an image that depicts thermal signatures over southern Italy, the Mediterranean Sea and Sicily.

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Wind satellite shows off

05 June 2018

Before ESA's Aeolus satellite is packed up and shipped to French Guiana for liftoff in August, media representatives had the chance to see this wind measuring Earth Explorer satellite standing proud in the cleanroom.

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New view of Antarctica in 3D

11 May 2018

Thanks to ESA's CryoSat mission, a new map of Antarctica provides the most accurate 3D view ever of the continent's vast ice sheet and floating ice shelves.

On-The-Fly (OTF) processing resumed

04 May 2018

Following the resolution of the problem which occurred yesterday, the OTF data processing has now been resumed.

OTF planned maintenance – 02 May 2018

30 April 2018

Due to a scheduled maintenance, access to the On-The-Fly (OTF) Online Dissemination System (OADS) for the ERS and Envisat (A)SAR data will be unavailable during the following time frame:

  • Wednesday 02 May 2018 from 8:30 to14:30 CEST.

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