Latest Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity satellite Stories

2010-04-01 13:10:30

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. The 'space head module' was transported from the integration facilities to the underground launch silo this morning. Although it is only 7 km between the two sites, the specialized lorry, nicknamed the 'crocodile', takes well over an hour to complete the journey. The crocodile is equipped with a container that is positioned...

2010-03-19 10:50:00

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. The Earth Explorer CryoSat-2, which initially was set to launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan last month before fuel reserve problems were discovered, will measure the shape and thickness of ice sheets in the Arctic and Antarctic. The information gathered from the satellite should, over...

2010-02-23 09:49:20

In less than four months since launch, the first calibrated images are being delivered by ESA's SMOS mission. These images of 'brightness temperature' translate into clear information on global variations of soil moisture and ocean salinity to advance our understanding of the water cycle. Launched on November 2, the Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) mission is improving our understanding of Earth's water cycle by making global observations of soil moisture over land and salinity over...

2009-12-21 08:50:00

Earth has a limited amount of water that recycles itself in what is called the "Ëœwater cycle'. Climate change, weather and human life are highly affected by changes in this continuous, interconnected cycle. Observing and monitoring the key variables governing the global water cycle is essential to our understanding of the Earth's climate, forecasting our weather, predicting floods and droughts, and improving water management for human use. Recent advances in Earth observation (EO)...

2009-12-04 08:50:00

ESA's SMOS satellite has recently completed its first phase of life in orbit "“ 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. Following launch on November 2, the satellite has passed a number of important milestones as part of the LEOP, namely: the satellite platform and subsystems have shown to be functioning well, the MIRAS instrument has been deployed and is working as expected,...

2009-12-02 09:35:00

Scientists working to validate data from ESA's water mission SMOS, launched in November, will get help from skippers competing in the SolOceans around-the-world single-handed race. The SolOceans race marks the first time in oceanic racing that a fleet of identical high-tech yachts has had a scientific vocation. The MIRAS instrument on the SMOS (Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity) Earth Explorer satellite was switched on last week and is now mapping ocean salinity and soil moisture to improve...

2009-11-26 13:20:00

Oceans cover nearly three-quarters of Earth's surface, yet they remain the least explored territories of our planet. Oceans, a new film produced by filmmaker Jacques Perrin, captures the mysterious and fascinating marine world like never before. ESA supported the production of the film by providing views of our oceans from space, advice from Earth-monitoring experts and the use of Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. "Images play an irreplaceable role in communicating to our minds....

2009-11-25 10:27:29

ESA'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. The "ËœGravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer' (GOCE) satellite, launched in March, will map Earth's gravity field with unprecedented accuracy, providing insight into ocean circulation, sea-level change, climate change, volcanism and earthquakes. Mission responsibility was...

2009-11-20 13:20:34

This image is the first data sent to Earth by the MIRAS instrument on ESA's SMOS satellite, launched on November 2. It was acquired as part of the initial functional verification test since the instrument was switched on Tuesday. The image depicts non-calibrated brightness temperature values color coded from blue (low) to red (high). Although the image content cannot be interpreted at this time, it proves that the instrument is in good shape and the data reception and processing chain...

2009-11-20 11:24:38

ESA'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. This formal review is an important part of the process to ensure that all the parts of the mission are in place. It is focused on the readiness of the satellite and the preparation of the launch campaign, but also heard reports of the successful Ground Segment Acceptance Review completed in July and the...

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