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The French Spot satellites have been charting the world’s vegetation since 1998. This important task soon falls to ESA’s Proba-V, which, despite being only a little larger than a washing machine, will provide sharp views of Earth’s plant life every two days.
The sixth ESA Earth Observation Summer School wraps up today.
The loss of the Envisat satellite is affecting services by Europe’s Global Monitoring for Environment and Security program. Efforts are being coordinated with other space agencies to fill some of the gaps, but the situation adds further urgency to launch the Sentinel missions.
In the early hours of 1 March 2002, the largest Earth observation satellite ever built soared into orbit from ESA’s launch base in Kourou, French Guiana. For a decade, Envisat has been keeping watch over our planet.
Since 2006 ESA has been making satellite images of Earth available to anyone wanting to explore the planet in near-real time.
Our growing reliance on coastal waters for food, trade and tourism means that these delicate ecosystems need to be more closely monitored to guarantee their future sustainability.
ESAâ€™s 2009 global land cover map has been released and is now available to the public online from the â€˜GlobCoverâ€™ website.
Our view of Earth is set to become even sharper with new instruments to be carried on ESA's Sentinel-3 satellites.
Devastating around a third of the country, it is estimated that the floods in Pakistan have affected up to 20 million people.
New eruptions from Iceland's Eyjafjallajoekull volcano have produced a 1600 km-wide ash cloud over the Atlantic.