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Heritage Data still widely used today

06 March 2020

For about 30 years now, ESA satellites have been cruising some 800 km above our heads, collecting information about our planet—but why are older missions still so fundamental today?

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Sentinel-6 satellite renamed in honour of renowned US scientist

28 January 2020

ESA, NASA, the European Commission, the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have renamed the upcoming Sentinel-6A satellite after Earth scientist Dr Michael H. Freilich.

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Contract secures build of ozone-monitoring Altius satellite

27 January 2020

ESA has awarded a contract to QinetiQ to build Altius. This new mission will deliver profiles of concentrations of stratospheric ozone with high vertical resolution, as well as profiles of other atmospheric trace gases.

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Flooding in southern Iran

16 January 2020

Heavy rainfall has triggered flooding in southern Iran, particularly in the Sistan and Baluchestan, Hormozgan and Kerman provinces. The downpour has led to blocked roads and destroyed bridges, crops and houses – displacing thousands of people.

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Aeolus winds now in daily weather forecasts

10 January 2020

ESA's Aeolus satellite has been returning profiles of Earth's winds since 3 September 2018, just after it was launched – and after months of careful testing these measurements are considered so good that the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts is now using them in their forecasts.

Aerosol spread from Australian fires

10 January 2020

Ferocious bushfires have been sweeping across Australia since September, fuelled by record-breaking temperatures, drought and wind. The country has always experienced fires, but this season has been horrific.

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Australia: like a furnace

09 January 2020

Ferocious bushfires have been sweeping across Australia since September, fuelled by record-breaking temperatures, drought and wind.

Proba-1 and its 18 years of successful operations

20 December 2019

Launched on 22 October 2001 and originally designed as a two-year mission, Proba-1 continues to provide valuable hyperspectral data to the scientific community, alongside priceless insight of long-lived missions—all while having travelled 4,329,416,712 kilometres to date.

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Methane leak visible from space

17 December 2019

Data from the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite revealed that an explosion in a natural gas well in Ohio in February 2018 released more than 50 000 tons of methane into the atmosphere.

COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation ready for take-off

16 December 2019

Devised by the Italian Space Agency (ASI), together with the Italian Ministry of Defence (MOD) and the Italian space industry, funded by the Italian Ministry of Research (MUR) and the Italian Ministry of Defence (MOD), the first COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation (CSG) satellite is ready to join the other four COSMO-SkyMed (CSK) satellites already in orbit.

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