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The Berlin Air and Space Show, ILA, one of the worldâ€™s largest aerospace trade shows, opens next week.
As fears grow that the Loop Current in the Gulf of Mexico could soon catch the oil slick and drag it south towards coral reefs in the Florida Keys, scientists are monitoring the situation closely with ESAâ€™s Envisat radar data.
Originally designed to monitor Earth for just three years, ESA's veteran ERS-2 satellite is still in orbit and going strong after 15 years of delivering essential data to improve our understanding of Earth and climate change.
Despite the hardest winter in the UK for the last 30 years, and the heavy snow-falls of the last few days in Scotland, there are signs from space that spring is finally on its way.
ESA has awarded a contract worth â‚¬105 million to Astrium to build the second Sentinel-2 satellite.
Having a large-scale boreal forest biomass inventory would allow scientists to understand better the carbon cycle and to predict more accurately Earthâ€™s future climate.
Marking another significant step in the GMES initiative, ESA and Thales Alenia Space recently signed a contract worth â‚¬270 million ($372 million USD) to build the second Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-3 satellites.
As ESAâ€™s Mission Scientist for CryoSat, Mark Drinkwaterâ€™s role in supporting the preparation of the mission has been to ensure that the satellite and data processing systems are compatible with achieving the missionâ€™s objectives of deriving accurate measurements of ice-thickness change.
As rescue workers scramble to provide assistance to hundreds of thousands of people following Haitiâ€™s earthquake, Earth observation satellite data continues to provide updated views of the situation on the ground.
A major magnitude 7 earthquake struck the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince on January 12, causing major casualties and damage.
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