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MetOp-C ready for big day

05 November 2018

With liftoff set for 7 November, the latest MetOp weather satellite has been rolled out to the launch pad and positioned on the Soyuz rocket for its ride into space from French Guiana.

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Counting down to MetOp-C

31 October 2018

Teams at ESA's European Space Operations Centre in Germany have been training for months in preparation for next week's launch of MetOp-C - the last in the current series of meteorological satellites that provide high-quality data for weather forecasting and climate monitoring from polar orbit.

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MetOp: The power of three

31 October 2018

MetOp-A was launched in 2006 and MetOp-B in 2012, and now it is time for MetOp-C. This latest polar-orbiting weather satellite will soon liftoff from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

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Copernicus Sentinel-5P reveals new nasties

24 October 2018

The Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite has been providing data on carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide and ozone since July, and now other polluting nasties such as sulphur dioxide and formaldehyde have joined the list of data products available to monitor the air we breathe.

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Zooming in on Mexico’s landscape

22 October 2018

As part of a scientific collaboration with the Mexican Space Agency and other Mexican scientific public entities, ESA has combined images from the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission to produce a detailed view of the different types of vegetation growing across the entire country.

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Oil spill in the Mediterranean

08 October 2018

The Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission is monitoring an oil spill in the Mediterranean (Thyrrenian Sea) following a collision between two merchant ships on Sunday 7 October 2018.

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Sentinel-2 maps Indonesia earthquake

05 October 2018

A 7.5-magnitude earthquake and tsunami hit Indonesia on 28 September, destroying homes and hundreds of lives. As the death toll continues to rise, the effects of this natural disaster are far-reaching, with hundreds of thousands of people seeking access food, water and shelter in the aftermath of this tragedy.

Satellite Radar Altimetry: past and future

27 September 2018

Satellite radar altimetry measures the time taken by a radar pulse to travel from the satellite antenna to the surface and back to the satellite receiver. This measurement yields a wealth of information that can be used for a wide range of applications – in particular, for understanding sea-level rise.

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Satellites safeguard Europe’s potato industry

25 September 2018

The drought that swept through Europe this year has hit European farmers hard. Sustained high temperatures and the lack of rain have badly affected the agrofood industry, including the important potato sector.

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Spotlight on sea-level rise

25 September 2018

Scientists are gathering in the Azores this week to share findings on how satellite has revealed changes in the height of the sea, ice, inland bodies of water and more. Of concern to all is the fact that global sea level has not only been rising steadily over the last 25 years, but recently it is rising at a much faster rate.

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