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Nearly four decades of soil moisture data now available

03 November 2017

A new, long-term and global dataset of soil moisture measurements from space has been released to help us better understand the water cycle and climate, monitor agriculture and manage our water resources.

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Wind satellite vacuum packed

02 November 2017

With liftoff on the horizon, ESA's Aeolus satellite is going through its last round of tests to make sure that this complex mission will work in orbit. Over the next month, it is sitting in a large chamber that has had all the air sucked out to simulate the vacuum of space.

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Ready to reap the benefits from Copernicus Sentinel-5P

31 October 2017

Now that Sentinel-5P is safely in orbit, engineers have started commissioning the satellite for the task of delivering extremely high-quality information on air quality. Meanwhile, the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service is poised to ensure we all reap the benefits from this latest mission.

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Halloween crack

31 October 2017

In this image from the Copernicus Sentinel-1 satellite mission, we can see the location of the ‘Halloween crack' on Antarctica's Brunt Ice Shelf, highlighted in red. The former and current locations of the British Antarctic Survey's Halley research stations are also marked.

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Melting snow aids absorption of carbon dioxide

30 October 2017

It appears that something good can come from something bad. Although rising global temperatures are causing seasonal snow cover to melt earlier in the spring, this allows for the snow-free boreal forests to absorb more carbon dioxide from our atmosphere.

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Sentinel-1 sees through hurricanes

25 October 2017

This year's Atlantic hurricane season has been a harsh reminder of the grief and devastation brought by these vast storms. Imaging the top of hurricanes from space is nothing new, but the Sentinel-1 satellites can see right through these towering spinning weather systems, measuring the sea surface below to help predict the storm's path.

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Ireland signs up for Copernicus Sentinel agreement

17 October 2017

ESA and Enterprise Ireland have signed an agreement that gives Ireland access to data from the Copernicus Sentinel satellites and helps Ireland to exploit these data to benefit their country.

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Monitoring Hurricane Ophelia

17 October 2017

The Copernicus Sentinel-3A satellite captured different views of Hurricane Ophelia in the past week on its path towards Europe.

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Sentinel-5P: Satellite in excellent health

16 October 2017

Launched last week, Europe's Sentinel-5P satellite - the first Copernicus mission dedicated to monitoring the air we breathe - is in excellent health.

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ESA takes the reins of the Disasters Charter

16 October 2017

When disaster strikes, a group of international space agencies pools its resources and expertise to support relief efforts on the ground. For the next six months, ESA will be leading the International Charter Space and Major Disasters as it brings information from satellites to the aid of the vulnerable.

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