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JPSS-1 heads to orbit

18 November 2017

The Joint Polar Satellite System-1, the first in a new series of four highly advanced NOAA polar-orbiting satellites, lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, at 1:47 a.m. PST on 18 November. The satellite's next-generation technology will help improve the timeliness and accuracy of U.S. weather forecasts three to seven days out.

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Salar de Atacama, Chile

From the Salar de Atacama salt flat in the east to the Cordillera Domeyko mountains in the west, Sentinel-2 takes us over part of the Atacama Desert in northern Chile.

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ESA Member States approve Swarm extension

20 November 2017

At its 172nd meeting on 15-16 November, ESA's Earth Observation Programme Board approved the extension of the Swarm mission until the end of 2021.

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Satellites accurately capture ocean salinity in the Arctic

16 November 2017

On-the-ground measurements are notoriously difficult in the harsh environment of the Arctic, but satellites could help close the gap in measuring sea surface salinity.

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UN climate conference boosts commitment to action

20 November 2017

The United Nations Climate Conference (COP23) wrapped up on 17 November after two weeks of deliberations on implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change. 

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On-orbit satellite servicing: The next big thing in space?

17 November 2017

A team of researchers and Pentagon contractors was recently selected to organise a space industry consortium that will consider new "rules of the road" for commercial on-orbit activities like repairing and refueling satellites.

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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.