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SWARM Mission Launch Postponed
2013-10-30 12:13:41

ESA The launch of ESA’s magnetic field mission from Plesetsk, Russia, has been postponed by about a week. The announcement from the mission’s launch service provider, Eurockot, follows the decision to replace a unit in the Breeze upper stage of the Rockot launcher. Originally scheduled for 14 November, the launch is expected to be delayed by about one week. More details will be given as they become available. The three-satellite Swarm mission aims to unravel one of the most...

GOCE Mission Comes To An End
2013-10-22 13:11:50

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency (ESA) announced on Monday its Gravity Field and Steady-State Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) mission has come to an end. ESA said that after mapping the Earth's gravity for four years the satellite has finally run out of fuel, effectively ending the mission. GOCE's gradiometer instrument was the first of its kind in space and it helped to map variations in Earth's gravity with unrivaled precision. GOCE...

ESA’s Swarm Constellation Fueled For Launch
2013-10-16 11:31:27

[ Watch The Video: Swarm Launch: Simultaneous Separation ] ESA With launch just a month away, ESA’s Swarm constellation has been fueled. Engineers will soon be focusing on the careful task of attaching the three identical satellites to the upper stage of the rocket for simultaneous release into orbit around Earth. The Swarm satellites and all the equipment needed to prepare them for liftoff arrived at the Plesetsk launch complex in Russia just over three weeks ago. The cargo...

ESA’s CryoSat Mission Provides New Insights Into Our Fragile Polar Regions
2013-09-11 11:48:06

[ Watch The Video - Arctic Ice Thickness 2010 to 2013 ] ESA Offering new insights into our fragile polar regions, ESA’s CryoSat mission has provided three consecutive years of Arctic sea-ice thickness measurements, which show that the ice continues to thin. Although satellites have witnessed a downward trend in the extent of sea ice over the last two decades, it is essential to have accurate information on the mass or volume of ice being lost. This is a more accurate measure of the...

ESA's Largest Scientific Gathering Has Begun
2013-09-09 13:42:18

ESA The largest Living Planet Symposium ever held has begun. Scientists and users are gathering in Edinburgh, UK, this week to present their latest satellite findings on Earth’s environment and climate based. With over 1800 participants, it is building on the symposia held in Bergen (2010), Montreux (2007) and Salzburg (2004). At the opening plenary session on Monday morning, representatives from ESA, the UK Space Agency, the UK government, the European Commission and ESA’s Earth...

Ghost Lake Found Beneath Antarctica's Ice Sheet
2013-07-03 05:32:53

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A vast crater has been found in Antarctica's icy surface by the European Space Agency's (ESA) CryoSat satellite. The crater was formed, scientists believe, when a lake lying under about 2 miles of ice drained suddenly. There are lakes of fresh water trapped without a connection to the ocean, deep below the thick ice sheet that covers Antarctica. Scientists who are trying to understand water transport and ice dynamics beneath the...

CryoSat-2 Shows Arctic On Thin Ice
2013-02-13 19:23:12

[ Watch the Video: Arctic Sea Ice Changes 2011-2012 ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online New observations using satellites have confirmed University of Washington researchers' analysis the Arctic Ocean sea ice really is thinning. A team combined new satellite observations, along with a model created by University of Washington researchers, to confirm the summer minimum in Arctic sea ice is one-fifth of what it was back in 1980, when the model started. The...

ESA To Debate Earth Explorer Satellites At March Meeting
2013-01-21 19:33:52

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online In the next few months, scientists from across Europe will be gathering together to try and choose the European Space Agency's next Earth Explorer mission. The series of Earth Explorer satellites are designed to advance science by exploring different aspects of Earth. The missions are helping scientists improve their understanding of the interactions between Earth's different components, and how human activity is affecting...

Europe's CryoSat Mission Gives Scientists Better Look At Earth's Ice
2012-12-21 14:14:19

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The European Space Agency's (ESA) ice mission is giving scientists a better look at oceans, coastal areas, inland water bodies and land. The orbiting CryoSat launched in 2010 and was developed to measure the changes in the thickness of polar sea ice, the elevation of ice sheets that blanket Greenland and Antarctica, and mountain glaciers. The satellite's radar altimeter not only detects tiny variations in the height of the...