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New 3D world map – TanDEM-X global elevation model completed

04 October 2016

The new three-dimensional map of Earth has been completed. Mountain peaks and valley floors across the globe can now be seen with an accuracy of just one metre. The global elevation model was created as part of the TanDEM-X satellite mission; it offers unprecedented accuracy compared with other global datasets and is based on a uniform database. The approximately 150 million square kilometres of land surface were scanned from space by radar sensors.

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Hurricane Matthew

This image shows category 4 hurricane Matthew over Haiti, Cuba and Jamaica, captured by EUMETSAT's Metop-B polar-orbiting satellite at on 4 October 2016.

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Magnetic oceans and electric Earth

03 October 2016

Oceans might not be thought of as magnetic, but they make a tiny contribution to our planet's protective magnetic shield.

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Into the storm – Hurricane Matthew

06 October 2016

USGS is engaged in research, monitoring, sampling and coastal change forecasting associated with Hurricane Matthew from Florida north up into Virginia.

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Business in the ever-changing digital world

06 October 2016

In an era of profound digital transformation, business leaders and IT experts are convening at ESA's mission control in Darmstadt, Germany, today for the first SAP Digital Leaders' Summit.

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See the most stunning images of Earth from Landsat’s space operation

03 October 2016

World Space Week, designated in 1999 by the United Nations "to celebrate each year at the international level the contributions of space science and technology to the betterment of the human condition," starts Oct. 4, with events continuing until Oct. 10. This year's theme, "Remote Sensing: Enabling Our Future," highlights Earth observation from space.

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