News of the week
17 July 2014
Following a contract signed with Arianespace on 17 July 2014, the second Sentinel-1 satellite is now set to join its identical twin sister in orbit in early 2016, optimising the mission's global coverage to manage the environment and improve everyday lives.
Image of the week
Forty-five years ago this week, two humans walked on the Moon for the first time. It was the achievement of their lives, and of so many of our lives on Earth. But amidst the excitement and hard work of landing so far from home, the Apollo 11 astronauts had many chances to look back at where they had come from. This photograph was taken by the crew on their outbound journey from Earth to the Moon. Apollo 11 launched from Cape Canaveral at 9:32 a.m. on 16 July 1969, and this photo was captured that day.
Earth Observation Missions
Microsatellite Rising-2 has succeeded in capturing high precision images of the Earth's surface. Using a High Precision Telescope (HPT), it has successfully taken colour images at a spatial resolution of 5m, the highest in the world among 50kg-class satellites.
15 July 2014
NASA's Aura satellite, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year on 15 July, has provided vital data about the cause, concentrations and impact of major air pollutants. With its four instruments measuring various gas concentrations, Aura gives a comprehensive view of one of the most important parts of Earth - the atmosphere.
Research and Applications
In 2013, the vast majority of worldwide climate indicators-greenhouse gases, sea levels, global temperatures, etc.-continued to reflect trends of a warmer planet, according to the indicators assessed in the State of the Climate in 2013 report, released online on 17 July 2014 by the American Meteorological Society.
Did you know?
By the end of 2014, Houston-based space services company NanoRacks plans to expand its payload accommodation services with the installation of an external platform at the International Space Station that can be booked by researchers on a commercial basis.
15 - 19 December 2014
Organisation: American Geophysical Union (AGU)
Location: San Francisco, California, United States of America
The AGU Fall Meeting is the largest worldwide conference in the geophysical sciences, attracting more than 22,000 Earth and space scientists, educators, students, and other leaders. For 46 years, energised and passionate Earth and space scientists from around the world gather at the AGU Fall Meeting to connect with colleagues, broaden their knowledge base, and embrace the joy of science.
EO Missions Database
Visit the eoPortal database to find out about spaceborne EO missions and sensors to discover more about past, operational and future missions. This is complemented with detailed articles of airborne sensors.
This database is based on the book of Herbert J. Kramer Observation of the Earth and its Environments and describes over 600 missions in detail. Online updated version of "Earth Observation History of Technical Introduction" available as of January 02, 2017.