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Must-follow Twitter feeds for Earth observation

20 February 2014

Earth observation (EO) data comes from all over and in countless forms: from satellites orbiting hundreds of miles above our planet, from marine buoys riding currents in every ocean basin, and from seismic sensors deep within the Earth. This cornucopia of data is shared at conferences, viewed online via an ever-growing number of portals, and on Twitter.

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ESA selects themes for EO Thematic Exploitation Platforms

17 February 2014

In September 2013 ESA's Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes (D-EOP) opened a Request For Information (RFI) directed at collecting ideas for the implementation of Thematic Exploitation Platforms (TEPs) as part of the evolution of the Earth Observation Ground Segment (GS) operations concept.

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Looking forward to another 10 years of science on board the International Space Station

15 February 2014

The world can change in a decade, as we well know. The same is true in space. Over the last ten years, the International Space Station (ISS) has been producing results at an extraordinary rate. 

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Kelut volcano grounds air travel

14 February 2014

The Kelut volcano on Indonesia's Java island erupted late in the night on 13 February. While disaster-management authorities are busy on the ground, satellites are tracking the major cloud of ash and sulphur dioxide as it spreads in the atmosphere.

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Satellite imaging startups Skybox, Planet Labs race to cover Earth

13 February 2014

Commercial satellite imaging is dominated by two big players, DigitalGlobe and Airbus Defence & Space. Each uses a handful of orbiting satellites to build photo archives and charges such customers as Google, Microsoft, and government agencies for the pictures.

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Largest flock of Earth-imaging satellites launch into orbit from Space Station

11 February 2014

It is often said that if everyone had the opportunity to see Earth from the perspective of astronauts in space, respect and admiration for our planet would grow and the environment would be better protected.

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India to launch four foreign satellites in 2014-15

07 February 2014

India will launch four foreign satellites in 2014-15 in the Earth's lower orbit, using its workhorse polar rocket, an Indian space agency official said Friday.

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NASA satellite eyes Sochi Olympic sites

06 February 2014

It's not often that the Winter Olympic Games come with an ocean view, but that's what we are getting this year at the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia. Sochi is the warmest city ever to host the winter games, which officially run from 07 through 23 February.

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New risk index for satellite operators

05 February 2014

Scientists, satellite operators, insurance industry and Government policy officials gather this week (7 February 2014) to discuss the latest advances in forecasting and 'nowcasting' that, for the first time, enable 'real-time' risk assessment of space radiation damage to Earth-orbiting satellites.

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World Wetlands Day focuses on agriculture

31 January 2014

The 2014 World Wetlands Day highlights the need for wetlands and the agriculture sector to work together. ESA's GlobWetland II project assists Mediterranean countries in the sustainable use of these areas and demonstrates the evolution of wetlands and agricultural patterns over time.

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NASA maps Earth's croplands from space

29 January 2014

It takes a lot of land to grow food for the world's seven billion people. About a third of Earth's terrestrial surface is used for agriculture. And about a third of that, in turn, is used to grow crops.

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Portugal preps for Copernicus

24 January 2014

With the Copernicus environmental monitoring programme's first satellite nearing launch, Portugal explores how best to exploit this initiative's critical information.

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NASA kicks off its 2014 Earth Campaign

22 January 2014

NASA's 2014 Earth Right Now Campaign began last week, signalling the start of an ambitious year for the agency's Earth science departments. For the first time in more than a decade, NASA will be launching five Earth science missions in a single year.

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Signed, sealed and delivered: New NASA video shows GPM's journey to Japan

16 January 2014

Pack it up, put it on a plane and fly it to Japan. It sounds simple enough, but a new video from NASA shows when your package is a satellite, it's anything but.

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Second spacewalk planned to install UrtheCast cameras

16 January 2014

Russian cosmonauts will step outside the International Space Station later this month for a second try to set up a pair of Earth observation cameras after a cabling issue inside the complex cut short a spacewalk in December.

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Joint mission with India studied as NASA seeks Earth science savings

31 December 2013

Seven years after an independent review board cited the importance of two ambitious Earth science missions, NASA officials are investigating ways to perform scaled-back versions of the original projects that fit within current budget projections.

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NASA transforms access to low-Earth orbit, touches interstellar space, makes unprecedented discovieres and develops cutting-edge technologies in 2013

22 December 2013

In 2013, NASA helped U.S. commercial companies transform access to low-Earth orbit and the International Space Station even as one of the agency's venerable spacecraft was confirmed to have reached interstellar space, and engineers moved ahead on technologies that will help carry out the first astronaut mission to an asteroid and eventually Mars.

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New gossamer sail could bring decomissioned satellites out of orbit

22 December 2013

Researchers from the University of Surrey have developed a new method to bring aging satellites back to Earth so they no longer pose a threat to spacecraft or other probes by continuing to orbit in a nonworking state.

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Envisat - MERIS FRS L1 data available on MERCI

20 December 2013

Following the release of the Envisat MERIS Level 1 Full Resolution Full Swath data (MER_FRS_1P) online via FTP, the products are now also retrievable via HTTP through the MERIS MERCI system.

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New long-lived greenhouse gas discovered by University of Toronto chemistry team

09 December 2013

Scientists from U of T's Department of Chemistry have discovered a novel chemical lurking in the atmosphere that appears to be a long-lived greenhouse gas (LLGHG). The chemical - perfluorotributylamine (PFTBA) - is the most radiatively efficient chemical found to date, breaking all other chemical records for its potential to impact climate.

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