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The global thaw

Wed, 15/05/2019 - 11:00

ESA’s satellites observing Earth’s cryosphere provide key information to understand and respond to global thawing

Downstream Gateway: bringing space down to Earth

Wed, 15/05/2019 - 10:06

ESA is launching its Downstream Gateway, a ‘one-stop shop’ service for all downstream opportunities, creating links between new and emerging business sectors and the capabilities being developed in ESA programmes.

Tug-of-war drives magnetic north sprint

Wed, 15/05/2019 - 08:55

As far as we know, Earth’s magnetic north has always wandered, but it has recently gained new momentum and is making a dash towards Siberia at a pace not seen before. While this has some practical implications, scientists believe that this sprint is being caused by tussling magnetic blobs deep below our feet.

Gamma flash

Tue, 14/05/2019 - 16:15

Human and robotic exploration image of the week: first ever image of a terrestrial gamma-ray flash

Mapping salty waters

Tue, 14/05/2019 - 14:45

The length and precision with which climate scientists can track the salinity, or saltiness, of the oceans is set to improve dramatically according to researchers working as part of ESA’s Climate Change Initiative.

New potential for tracking severe storms

Tue, 14/05/2019 - 12:45

Even just within the last couple of months, Cyclones Fani, Idai and Kenneth have brought devastation to millions. With the frequency and severity of extreme weather like this expected to increase against the backdrop of climate change, it is more important than ever to forecast and track events accurately. And, an ESA satellite is helping with the task in hand.

Shaped by ice

Tue, 14/05/2019 - 11:35

A nifty way of processing data from ESA’s CryoSat mission yields a high-resolution view of Antarctica in 3D

Jakobshavn Isbrae Glacier bucks the trend

Tue, 14/05/2019 - 09:55

Our planet works in mysterious ways. We are all used to hearing about the world’s ice being the first casualty of climate change and, indeed, it is declining fast. However, recent findings show that one glacier is not conforming to the norm – it’s actually been flowing more slowly and getting thicker.

How Venus and Mars can teach us about Earth

Mon, 13/05/2019 - 17:00

One has a thick poisonous atmosphere, one has hardly any atmosphere at all, and one is just right for life to flourish – but it wasn’t always that way. The atmospheres of our two neighbours Venus and Mars can teach us a lot about the past and future scenarios for our own planet.

Joining forces on Earth science to benefit society

Mon, 13/05/2019 - 15:20

With human activity leaving its indelible mark on the landscape and affecting the climate, our natural world is changing faster than at any other time in history. Science is fundamental to understanding environmental change so that these huge challenges can be tackled. To ensure a more efficient approach on Earth-system science and to bring direct benefits to society, ESA and the European Commission are working to join forces.

Space Station science looking at Earth

Mon, 13/05/2019 - 15:06

In this edition of our bi-weekly update on European research run on the International Space Station, we’re taking our cue from the Living Planet Symposium – the largest conference on Earth Observation taking place this week in Milan, Italy – and focusing on our own planet.

Pale blue dot – or not?

Mon, 13/05/2019 - 14:25

Space Science Image of the Week: Earth’s evil twin Venus offers a natural laboratory to study the outcome of a runaway greenhouse effect

Spotlight on the pulse of our planet

Mon, 13/05/2019 - 13:48

Satellites deliver crucial information to help solve what is our biggest global problem: climate change. As well as taking the pulse of our planet, satellite data are used in a myriad of daily applications, and are also used increasingly in business. It’s no surprise then that over 4 000 people have flocked to Milan to hear the latest scientific findings on Earth’s natural processes and global change, and to learn about the wealth of new opportunities that Earth observation has to offer.

Surpassing expectations

Mon, 13/05/2019 - 13:15

Learn how each Earth Explorer satellite continues to surpass expectations by revealing new insights into our planet

Living Planet replay

Mon, 13/05/2019 - 11:40

The biggest Earth observation conference in the world got underway today in Milan, Italy. Watch the replay of the opening session

Beyond news conference

Sat, 11/05/2019 - 21:33

Watch a replay of the news conference with ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano ahead of his Beyond mission to the International Space Station.

Week in images

Fri, 10/05/2019 - 14:13

Our week through the lens:
6 - 10 May 2019

Earth from Space

Fri, 10/05/2019 - 09:05

In this week's edition, discover the city of Milan in Italy with Copernicus Sentinel-2

Milan

Fri, 10/05/2019 - 09:05

Earth observation image of the week: Copernicus Sentinel-2 takes us over the fast-paced metropolis of Milan, Italy

Maritime microsatellite ESAIL to test the waters as launch contract is signed

Thu, 09/05/2019 - 16:26

The first commercial microsatellite developed under ESA’s SAT‐AIS programme for tracking ships, called ESAIL, has passed another milestone. On 9 May its Canadian operator exactEarth signed the launch service agreement with Arianespace.