Minimize What is Envisat?
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Envisat was ESA's successor to ERS. Envisat was launched in 2002 with 10 instruments aboard and at eight tons is the largest civilian Earth observation mission.

More advanced imaging radar, radar altimeter and temperature-measuring radiometer instruments extend ERS data sets. This was supplemented by new instruments including a medium-resolution spectrometer sensitive to both land features and ocean colour. Envisat also carried two atmospheric sensors monitoring trace gases.

The Envisat mission ended on 08 April 2012, following the unexpected loss of contact with the satellite. (See related news from 09 May 2012)

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Complete Envisat MERIS FRS L1/L2 dataset available online

13 February 2015

The systematic bulk processing of the MERIS Level 2 Full Resolution Full Swath dataset has been completed, and the FRS Level 2 products (MER_FRS_2P) have been made available to users on the ESA centralised dissemination server together with the previously released MERIS FRS Level 1 data (MER_FRS_1P).

The MERIS FRS online dataset now comprises the complete FRS Level 1 and Level 2 data archive for the entire Envisat mission spanning from 17 May 2002 to 08 April 2012.

ESRIN - Hardware maintenance completed

30 January 2015

The previously announced hardware maintenance on the virtual infrastructure system has been completed.

All systems and applications are now up and running.

ESRIN - Hardware maintenance downtime extended - 30 January 2015

30 January 2015

Due to system problems following the announced hardware maintenance on the virtual infrastructure system, the downtime has to be extended.

Work is ongoing to restore systems and applications availability as soon as possible.

Minimize Latest Mission Results News
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Is Europe an underestimated sink for carbon dioxide?

05 January 2015

A new study using satellite data suggests that Europe's vegetation extracts more carbon from the atmosphere than previously thought.

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On solid ground

03 December 2014

Lovers of architecture and history can rest easy: the stability of historical buildings can now be monitored in real time by a new technique with its roots in space.

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Timing carbon turnover

03 December 2014

Scientists are using satellite data to improve understanding of the time it takes for a carbon atom fixed in a plant by photosynthesis to return into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide – known as ‘carbon turnover'.

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Good and bad news for our atmosphere

29 September 2014

Data from ESA's veteran Envisat satellite show ups and downs in the concentrations of the air pollutant nitrogen dioxide and the climate-relevant greenhouse gas carbon dioxide across the globe.

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Ten year-old Dragon gains new strength

30 May 2014

As ESA and China mark a decade of cooperation, imagery over China's Poyang lake is testament to the new Sentinel satellite's promise of continued radar data acquisition for a multitude of applications.