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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.

ERS-2 helps detect massive rivers under Antarctica

26 April 2006

British scientists have discovered rivers the size of the Thames in London flowing hundreds of miles under the Antarctica ice shelf by examining small changes in elevation, observed by ESA's ERS-2 satellite, in the surface of the oldest, thickest ice in the region, according to an article published in Nature this week.

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Envisat altimeter watches Pacific for cold tongue of La Niña

07 March 2006

Satellite measurements of a steep difference in sea surface height between the western and eastern tropical Pacific support predictions that a La Niña event is in the offing. El Niño's chillier sister, La Niña is linked to opposing but equally wide-ranging shifts in weather patterns.

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Satellites ensure safe passage through treacherous waters in Volvo Ocean Race

06 March 2006

The Volvo Ocean Race yachts have safely rounded Cape Horn on the fourth leg of their round-the-world adventure thanks to the help of radar satellites steering them away from dangerous icebergs.

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Four years on, Envisat hailed for its contribution to Earth science

01 March 2006

Since its launch in 2002, Envisat, the world's largest and most sophisticated satellite ever built, has been providing scientists and operational users with invaluable data for global monitoring and forecasting - and the future looks even brighter.

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