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Europe's new MetOp weather satellite reaches polar orbit

20 October 2006

For 28 years, Europe has been operating its famous Meteosat weather satellites in geostationary orbit. On 20 October 2006 they were joined by the first of a brand new generation of meteorological satellites. MetOp is designed to provide a closer view of the atmosphere from low earth orbit, delivering data that will improve global weather prediction and enhance our understanding of climate change.

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Satellites help ensure safe sunning

12 October 2006

Excessive exposure to ultraviolet radiation is responsible for up to 60 000 deaths a year worldwide, according to a report released this summer by the World Health Organisation. Many of those deaths, however, could be avoided through simple preventive measures such as seeking shade when the UV Index is high, the report says.

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Record ozone loss during 2006 over South Pole

03 October 2006

Ozone measurements made by ESA's Envisat satellite have revealed the ozone loss of 40 million tonnes on 2 October 2006 has exceeded the record ozone loss of about 39 million tonnes for 2000. Ozone loss is derived by measuring the area and the depth of the ozone hole.

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2007 ESA ENVISAT Symposium

20 September 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.

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Arctic summer ice anomaly shocks scientists

19 September 2006

Satellite images acquired from 23 to 25 August 2006 have shown for the first time dramatic openings - over a geographic extent larger than the size of the British Isles - in the Arctic's perennial sea ice pack north of Svalbard, and extending into the Russian Arctic all the way to the North Pole.

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Renewed volcanic activity at the Phlegrean Fields tracked by Envisat

22 August 2006

Satellite images acquired by ESA's Envisat satellite have revealed the volcanic region of the Phlegrean Fields, located in southern Italy near the city of Naples, has entered a new uplift phase.

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Danish expedition ship tracked by Envisat satellite

11 August 2006

The Danish ship Vaedderen is preparing to embark from Copenhagen later today on its science expedition trip, Galathea 3. As part of the 'Satellite Eye for Galathea 3' project, ESA's Envisat satellite will acquire data along the ship's sailing route throughout its eight-month voyage.

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ESA’s Envisat satellite witnesses Earth’s largest crack

21 July 2006

Scientists say the recent tear in the Earth's continental crust near the Red Sea in Africa's Afar desert could isolate Ethiopia and Eritrea from the rest of Africa and could eventually form a new ocean, according to an article published today in the journal Nature.

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ESA donates mosaic of global images taken by Envisat to United Nations

20 July 2006

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.

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Europe launches its first polar-orbiting weather satellite

11 July 2006

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.

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