The European Space Agency donated a composite satellite image of global land cover provided by its Envisat satellite to the United Nations in Geneva, as a testimony to the current state of our planet, to be handed down to future generations.
ESA PR 26-2006. MetOp-A, the first member of a new family of European satellites designed to monitor the Earth's atmosphere from low Earth orbit, is to be launched from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, on 17 July.
21 June 2006
ESA and Spot Image, the company that distributes data commercially from the French Space Agency's (CNES) Spot satellites, signed a multiyear agreement, which kicked off in January 2006, permitting ESA-accepted Category-1 projects to order more than 10 000 images per year from the Spot 1, 2, 3 and 4 satellites.
14 June 2006
The main objective of the ENVISAT Symposium is to present the results of the ESA EO missions in exploitation. In addition, the Symposium will provide an opportunity to present future ESA and national EO missions.
01 June 2006
ESA has for the first time acquired and processed images sent by ALOS, Japan's four-tonne satellite dedicated to land-based Earth Observation, including views of Italy, The Netherlands and Norway.
ESA is supporting ALOS as a 'Third Party Mission', which means the agency is utilising its multi-mission ground segment of existing European facilities and expertise to acquire, process and distribute data from the satellite.
01 June 2006
For a decade now, ESA satellites have been continuously surveying fires burning across the Earth's surface. Worldwide fire maps based on this data are now available to users online in near-real time through ESA's ATSR World Fire Atlas.
26 April 2006
British scientists have discovered rivers the size of the Thames in London flowing hundreds of miles under the Antarctica ice shelf by examining small changes in elevation, observed by ESA's ERS-2 satellite, in the surface of the oldest, thickest ice in the region, according to an article published in Nature this week.
Satellite measurements of a steep difference in sea surface height between the western and eastern tropical Pacific support predictions that a La Niña event is in the offing. El Niño's chillier sister, La Niña is linked to opposing but equally wide-ranging shifts in weather patterns.
The Volvo Ocean Race yachts have safely rounded Cape Horn on the fourth leg of their round-the-world adventure thanks to the help of radar satellites steering them away from dangerous icebergs.
Since its launch in 2002, Envisat, the world's largest and most sophisticated satellite ever built, has been providing scientists and operational users with invaluable data for global monitoring and forecasting - and the future looks even brighter.
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