04 Jun 2020
03 Jun 2020
03 Jun 2020

Discussion on education during the COVID-19 pandemic


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Replay of a conversation between European experts on how space can help with post-millennials’ education and social lives, recorded on 3 June 2020.

The coronavirus pandemic has had a huge effect on schoolchildren across Europe. Schools have switched to online and distance teaching following the lockdown imposed by many countries to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Guests discussed how national education systems have responded to online schooling, access to communications tools for students, the importance of the social component in the learning process, and how space can help support education systems.

Participants were:
* Frank Santeugini, a secondary school pupil at the West London Free School
* Anna Uronen, a primary school teacher in the Finnish education system
* Jan Wörner, ESA Director General
* Vasilis Zervos, associate professor in space economics and policy at the International Space University, Strasbourg

The discussion was moderated by Donatella Ponziani, Downstream Gateway Officer at ESA.

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Source: ESA news

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03 Jun 2020

Bike routing app uses space for cyclists

Cyclists can use the app to identify the best route and give directions

A navigation app that guides people on safer, more enjoyable bike journeys will be launched later this summer as social-distancing measures encourage more cyclists to take to the road.

Developed by London-based company Beeline, it uses space data and crowdsourced information to generate route suggestions, and can be connected to a device fixed onto the bike’s handlebars that provides easy-to-understand prompts.

Source: ESA news

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02 Jun 2020
02 Jun 2020

Queen’s Brian May works to probe origin of asteroids

Brian May, Astrophysicist and Rockstar

Queen guitarist and astrophysicist Brian May has teamed up with asteroid researchers to investigate striking similarities and a puzzling difference between separate bodies explored by space probes. The research team ran a supercomputer-based ‘fight club’ involving simulated large asteroid collisions to probe the objects’ likely origins. Their work is reported in Nature Communications.  

Source: ESA news

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01 Jun 2020

Detecting methane emissions during COVID-19

Methane concentrations over the Permian Basin

While carbon dioxide is more abundant in the atmosphere and therefore more commonly associated with global warming, methane is around 30 times more potent as a heat-trapping gas. Given its importance, Canadian company GHGSat have worked in collaboration with the Sentinel-5P team at SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research to investigate hotspots of methane emissions during COVID-19.

Source: ESA news

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30 May 2020
29 May 2020
29 May 2020

Call for Media: Rapid action in response to coronavirus with Earth observation

Press Release N° 9–2020

ESA and the European Commission invite media representatives to follow an online event on 5 June at 11:00 CEST where they will present the ‘Rapid Action Coronavirus Earth observation’ dashboard, also known as RACE. The RACE platform provides access to key environmental, economic and social indicators to measure the impact of the coronavirus lockdown and monitor post-lockdown recovery.

Source: ESA news

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