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Doubling radar vision of Earth

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.

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Looking back from Apollo 11

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.

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Rising-2 captured highest resolution image of Earth's surface

16 July 2014

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.

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Ten-year endeavour: NASA's Aura tracks pollutants

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.

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Climate data from air, land, sea and ice in 2013 reflect trends of a warming planet

17 July 2014

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.

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NanoRacks aims to offer research accommodations on ISS exterior by year's end

18 July 2014

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.

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AGU Fall Meeting 2014

15 - 19 December 2014

Organisation: American Geophysical Union (AGU)

Location: San Francisco, California, United States of America

Conference Overview:

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.

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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.