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Salar de Atacama

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 10:05

Earth observation image of the week: Sentinel-2 takes us over part of the Atacama Desert in northern Chile

Earth from Space

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 10:05

In the 248th edition, discover Chile’s largest salt flat in the Atacama Desert

Two new Earth Explorer concepts to understand our rapidly changing world

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 14:15

ESA has chosen two concepts, FORUM and SKIM, to be developed further and compete to be the ninth Earth Explorer mission.

Ozone ups and downs

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 09:50

Climate scientists studying three decades of ozone measurements from seven satellites see a positive trend in global recovery thanks to international efforts to curb ozone-depleting substances.

Viti Levu

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 10:05

Earth observation image of the week: Sentinel-2 captures part of Fiji’s largest island with coral reefs speckling the water

Earth from Space

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 10:05

In this week's edition, the Sentinel-2B satellite takes us to the Republic of Fiji in the South Pacific Ocean

Three years of Sentinel-1

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 10:00

In this special edition of Earth from Space, discover how radar data from the Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission has been used to advance science and in emergency response

Shared vision strengthens Europe’s space strategy

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 09:55

Working together for three decades, ESA and Eumetsat have been instrumental in positioning Europe as a leader in observing Earth from space. Continuing to share a vision, the two organisations have signed a statement that will strengthen Europe in meteorology and climate monitoring, and that will help to take the Copernicus programme into the future.

Smallsats win big prize at Copernicus Masters

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 09:00

A constellation of small satellites that provide data on Earth’s ice and soil moisture content to complement the Sentinel fleet took the top prize at this year’s Copernicus Masters Competition.

Satellites guide ships in icy waters through the cloud

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 15:30

In late August, the 60 m-long US Coast Guard Cutter Maple completed its navigation through the Arctic’s ice-ridden Northwest Passage. While this was not the first time ships had taken this route, it was the first time that the International Ice Patrol had provided iceberg information based exclusively on satellite imagery.

Nearly four decades of soil moisture data now available

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 11:45

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.

Western Australia

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 10:05

Earth observation image of the week: a Sentinel-3 wide-ranging view over Australia’s southwestern corner

Earth from Space

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 10:05

In this week's edition, the Sentinel-3A satellite gives us a view from the fourth most populous city to the rugged Outback of Australia

Wind satellite vacuum packed

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 11:30

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.

Sentinel-5P timelapse

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 10:30

A look back on the preparations for the 13 October liftoff of Sentinel-5P

Ready to reap the benefits from Copernicus Sentinel-5P

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 13:10

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.

Halloween crack

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 10:10

Arguably scarier than ghosts or goblins: a massive crack in the ice shelf close to the Halley VI research station in Antarctica

Melting snow aids absorption of carbon dioxide

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 13:15

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.

Sentinel-1 sees through hurricanes

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 09:25

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.

Weather and climate

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 13:37

Euronews: new European satellites could help to solve the many mysteries of our atmosphere