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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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ESA & Spot Image set precedence in data sharing

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.

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2007 ESA ENVISAT Symposium

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.

ALOS satellite snaps Europe

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.

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World fire maps now available online in NRT

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.

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