Latest Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity satellite Stories
In readiness for launch on April 8, ESA's CryoSat-2 ice satellite has now joined the rest of the Dnepr rocket in the launch silo at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
A technical issue that delayed the February launch of the European Space Agency's (ESA) climate satellite has been fixed, the agency reports, opening the door for a new April 8 projected launch.
In less than four months since launch, the first calibrated images are being delivered by ESAâ€™s SMOS mission.
Earth has a limited amount of water that recycles itself in what is called the â€˜water cycleâ€™.
ESAâ€™s SMOS satellite has recently completed its first phase of life in orbit â€“ the Launch and Early Orbit Phase (LEOP), which means that all the systems are working as they should and the satellite is ready for full commissioning.
Scientists working to validate data from ESAâ€™s water mission SMOS, launched in November, will get help from skippers competing in the SolOceans around-the-world single-handed race.
Oceans cover nearly three-quarters of Earth's surface, yet they remain the least explored territories of our planet.
ESAâ€™s GOCE gravity mission has achieved another major milestone as control of the satellite is transferred to the operations teams, marking the end of its commissioning and calibration phase.
This image is the first data sent to Earth by the MIRAS instrument on ESA's SMOS satellite, launched on November 2.
ESAâ€™s CryoSat ice mission has completed its Flight Acceptance Review, confirming that all the mission components are ready for launch, which is planned for February 25, 2010 from Baikonur.
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