Latest Living Planet Programme Stories
With three Earth Explorer satellites set to launch this year, another three under construction and up to three more about to be selected for feasibility study, 2009 promises to be a significant year for ESA's contribution to Earth science â€“ paving the way to a clearer understanding of how our planet works.
As preparations for the launch of GOCE on 10 September continue on schedule, an important milestone has just been achieved as engineers at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia say farewell to the satellite as it is encapsulated in the two half-shells of the launcher's fairing.
The European Space Agency says it is about to launch its most sophisticated mission ever to investigate the Earth's gravitational field.
The European Space Agency is about to launch the most sophisticated mission ever to investigate the Earthâ€™s gravitational field and to map the reference shape of our planet â€“ the geoid - with unprecedented resolution and accuracy.
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