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Envisat: Focus On Space Debris
2012-10-12 08:37:43

Space debris came into focus last week at the International Astronautical Congress in Naples, Italy. Envisat, ESA´s largest Earth observation satellite, ended its mission last spring and was a subject of major interest in the Space Debris and Legal session. Envisat was planned and designed in 1987—1990, a time when space debris was not considered to be a serious problem and before the existence of mitigation guidelines, established by the UN in 2007 and adopted the next year by...

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2012-07-12 12:58:35

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online There are satellites for nearly everything out in orbit now-a-days, including some that are meant just to provide measurements of the surface temperature of oceans and seas. These thermometers in the sky led to the meeting of scientists to review data from new satellite missions and scientific progress in the field. The European Space Agency said that measuring the sea-surface temperature (SST) across regional and global scales is...

Best Of ERS: 20 Years Of Observing Earth
2011-09-29 03:51:50

Watch the celebration and scientific workshop on the legacy of the two ERS satellite missions. The events were held on 27 September at ESRIN, ESA´s centre for Earth observation, in Frascati, Italy. Earlier this month, the veteran ERS-2 satellite was shut down after its orbit was lowered to reduce the risk of collision with other satellites and space debris. ERS-2 was launched in 1995, four years after ERS-1, the first European Remote Sensing satellite. With 20 years of...

Attend The ERS Workshop From Your Computer
2011-09-23 08:13:04

  Join ESA as it celebrate 20 years of Earth observations by the ERS satellites via live web stream on 27 September. A scientific workshop on the legacy of the two European Remote Sensing missions will be held 13:00—17:30 CEST (11:00—15:30 GMT) at ESRIN, ESA´s center for Earth observation, in Frascati, Italy. Those unable to attend the event can follow the program that covers the ERS history, development, operations and exploitation via live web streaming....

Image 1 - ERS Satellite Missions Complete
2011-09-12 09:33:03

  After a final thruster firing last week to deplete its remaining fuel, ESA's venerable ERS-2 observation satellite has been safely taken out of service. Ground controllers also ensured the space environment was protected for future missions. The mission ended on 5 September, after the satellite's average altitude had already been lowered from 785 km to about 573 km. At this height, the risk of collision with other satellites or space debris is greatly reduced. The final...

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2011-07-28 11:06:30

The orbit of ESA's retired ERS-2 observation satellite is being lowered to reduce the risk of collision with other satellites or space debris. The goal is to leave it well below most operating polar satellites by the end of August. The first in a series of thruster firings, each lasting about 300 seconds, was commanded by the mission control team at ESA's European Space Operations Centre in Germany on 6 July to lower the orbit of the Agency's veteran satellite. The burns have since...

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2011-07-12 11:00:00

Some of the last images from ESA's ERS-2 satellite have revealed rapidly changing glacial features in Greenland. In its final days, the veteran satellite gave us frequent views of the Kangerdlugssuaq glacier and its advancing ice stream. Before it retired on 6 July, ESA's ERS-2 Earth observation satellite entered an orbit to capture radar images of the same area on the ground every three days, rather than its previous 35-day cycle. Images of the Kangerdlugssuaq glacier in eastern...

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2011-07-09 10:20:00

Some of the last images from ESA's ERS-2 satellite have revealed rapidly changing glacial features in Greenland. In its final days, the veteran satellite gave us frequent views of the Kangerdlugssuaq glacier and its advancing ice stream. Before it retired on 6 July, ESA's ERS-2 Earth observation satellite entered an orbit to capture radar images of the same area on the ground every three days, rather than its previous 35-day cycle.  Images of the Kangerdlugssuaq glacier in eastern...

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2011-07-05 13:08:10

After 16 years spent gathering a wealth of data that has revolutionized our understanding of Earth, ESA's veteran ERS-2 satellite is being retired. This pioneering mission has not only advanced science, but also forged the technologies we now rely on for monitoring our planet. ERS-2 was launched in 1995, following its sister, the first European Remote Sensing satellite, which was launched four years earlier. Carrying suites of sophisticated instruments to study the complexities of the...

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2010-10-28 10:36:43

ESA's Earth-observing satellite Envisat has moved to a lower orbit in order to conserve fuel and extend its life by three years, and is once again delivering invaluable data to thousands of scientists. Envisat, launched in 2002, has a unique combination of 10 different instruments that collect data about Earth's atmosphere, land, sea and ice "“ providing scientists with the most detailed picture yet of the state of our planet. Initially intended to stay in orbit for five years, the...


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