17 May 2019

Mission control 'saves science'

Every minute, ESA’s Earth observation satellites gather dozens of gigabytes of data about our planet – enough information to fill the pages on a 100-metre long bookshelf. Flying in low-Earth orbits, these spacecraft are continuously taking the pulse of our planet, but it’s teams on the ground at ESA’s Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany, that keep our explorers afloat.

Source: ESA news

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17 May 2019

Satellites yield insight into not so permanent permafrost

Ice is without doubt one of the first casualties of climate change, but the effects of our warming world are not only limited to ice melting on Earth’s surface. Ground that has been frozen for thousands of years is also thawing, adding to the climate crisis and causing immediate problems for local communities.

Source: ESA news

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16 May 2019
16 May 2019

Take a deep breath


With air pollution a global concern, satellites provide vital information about air quality to help understand how to keep our planet breathable
Source: ESA news

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16 May 2019

The air we breathe

Air pollution is a global environmental health problem, especially for those living in urban areas. Not only does it negatively impact our ecosystems, it considerably affects our health. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), around 8 million premature deaths per year are linked to air pollution, more than double of previous estimates.

Source: ESA news

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16 May 2019
15 May 2019
15 May 2019

Reprogrammable satellite takes shape

The payload and platform of the first European satellite that can be completely reprogrammed after launch have been successfully joined together.

The assembly of Eutelsat Quantum took place in the Airbus facility in Toulouse, France, on 10 May.

Source: ESA news

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15 May 2019

3D Earth in the making

A thorough understanding of the ‘solid Earth’ system is essential for deciphering the links between processes occurring deep inside Earth and those occurring nearer the surface that lead to seismic activity such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, the rise of mountains and the location of underground natural resources. Thanks to gravity and magnetic data from satellites along with seismology, scientists are on the way to modelling inner Earth in 3D.

Source: ESA news

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15 May 2019

Proba-V is six


Technology image of the week: the snow-capped peaks of New Zealand’s South Island, taken by ESA’s Earth-observing minisatellite, into its sixth year in orbit
Source: ESA news

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