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Satellites Providing Information On Earth’s Albedo With Remarkable Accuracy
2013-09-06 11:48:30

[ Watch The Video - Reflecting Power Of Earth’s Albedo ] ESA The amount of sunlight being absorbed or reflected by Earth is one of the driving forces for weather and climate. Satellites are providing this information with unprecedented accuracy. The reflecting power of a surface is known as ‘albedo’. Bright snow and ice have a high albedo, meaning they reflect solar radiation back into space, while green areas like forests and fields have a much lower albedo. The lower the...

New Landsat Satellite Data Just A Few Clicks Away
2013-09-05 14:16:25

ESA Thousands of never-before-seen data products from the US Landsat satellites acquired over 30 years have been released for online access. In addition, the newest data over Europe from the latest satellite in the series, Landsat-8, are now accessible in near-real time through a new portal hosted by ESA. About 150 000 new products from the Landsat-5 satellite are available for direct download, free of charge. The products from the satellite’s Thematic Mapper instrument were acquired...

Vegetation Probed Across The Globe
2013-07-10 17:10:51

ESA The first global map of vegetation from the recently launched Proba-V has been unveiled, demonstrating that the minisatellite is on track to continue a 15-year legacy of global vegetation monitoring from space. Proba-V is designed to map land cover and vegetation growth across the entire planet every two days. The data can also be used for day-by-day tracking of extreme weather, alerting authorities to crop failures, monitoring inland water resources and tracing the steady spread of...

The Heat Is On For Europe’s First Sentinel
2013-07-10 10:22:33

ESA The first satellite for Europe's new environmental monitoring programme is being put through some pretty harsh treatment to make sure that it can cope with the huge temperature changes as it orbits Earth. Satellite technology may appear delicate and complex, but not only does it have to survive the demands of launch but it also has to endure extremely hostile conditions in space. Typically, satellites orbiting Earth are subject to temperatures as low as -265 degrees C when facing...

Gambia Gets A Helping Hand From Above
2013-06-14 07:38:20

ESA Press Release Satellites are being used to promote agriculture in one of the world´s poorest countries. Named after the river that traverses the country from east to west, The Gambia is the smallest nation on mainland Africa. The majority of the population depends on agriculture for its livelihood, but the country´s land is constantly subject to soil erosion, degradation and sea-water intrusion from the Atlantic Ocean. Irregular rains are also responsible for frequent...

SMOS Helping To Sift Through Wetlands
2013-03-22 21:07:30

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The European Space Agency's SMOS satellite is showing its worth in observing the wetlands, offering a better understanding of Earth's carbon cycle. SMOS is a multifaceted satellite capable of mapping soil moisture and ocean salinity, and its novel microwave sensor is able to capture images of brightness temperature to obtain this information. The satellite has been used to map freezing soil, monitor thin Arctic sea ice,...

Copernicus Masters Competition: Revealing Humankind’s Footprint On Earth
2013-03-18 10:01:03

ESA In its third year, the Copernicus Masters competition — previously known as the GMES Masters — opens once again. Submissions are now being accepted for the first challenge that asks participants to demonstrate how satellites show humans´ impact on our planet. The Copernicus Masters rewards the best ideas for services, business cases and applications based on satellite Earth observation data. With a prize pool of 350 000 in cash prizes, technical support, data...

Bringing ESA’s Sentinel-3 Mission Together
2013-03-06 11:27:53

ESA An important milestone has been reached for ESA´s Sentinel-3 mission. The satellite platform has been delivered to the Prime Contractor in France where the instruments will be installed and tested along with the numerous components that make up this sophisticated new mission to monitor Earth. Once complete, Sentinel-3 will host an array of state-of-the-art instruments that mainly focus on measuring different aspects of ocean waters, such as the temperature and color of the...

GMES Copernicus Program Funding Secured Through 2020
2013-02-19 11:31:55

ESA Good news for Europe´s Global Monitoring for Environment and Security program: the European Council has secured the program´s EU funding through 2020. The multiannual financial framework — MFF — is a seven-year plan for the EU´s budget. On 8 February, European heads of State and government agreed to include GMES in the 2014—20 MFF. Within the new framework, 3786 million was allocated for GMES. This amount covers GMES Services, In-Situ Component (a...

Comparable Land Imagery Fostered By ESA–NASA Collaboration
2013-02-13 11:52:32

ESA ESA and NASA have joined forces to ensure that Sentinel-2 and the newly launched Landsat Data Continuity Mission offer compatible data products, thereby bringing greater benefits to users of images of Earth´s land and coastal zones. ESA is currently developing the two-satellite Sentinel-2 mission for Europe´s Global Monitoring for Environment and Security initiative. With the first satellite slated for launch in 2014, this innovative mission is dedicated to supplying...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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