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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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ESRIN - EO systems shutdown on 29 Jan 2016

27 January 2016

A maintenance activity, scheduled to start on Friday 29 January 2016 at 15:45 CET, will need full shutdown of the EO systems involved.

OCF (UK-PAC) - Operations resumed

27 January 2016

Following the recent move of the OCF/UK-PAC Multi-Mission infrastructure, operations have now been fully resumed. See also related news of 20 Jan 2016.

OCF (UK-PAC) - Service downtime extended

20 January 2016

The re-activation of the OCF/UK-PAC Multi-Mission infrastructure and operational services following the move to Newport is taking longer than expected due to technical issues. See related news of 14 Jan 2016.

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International effort reveals Greenland ice loss

13 November 2015

One of Greenland's glaciers is losing five billion tonnes of ice a year to the ocean, according to researchers. While these new findings may be disturbing, they are reinforced by a concerted effort to map changes in ice sheets with different sensors from space agencies around the world.

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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.