Planet Earth in your pocket … and on your tablet

13 December 2011

ESA has updated its application for iPhone and iPad. With the launch of the ESA App V2, users can see ESA’s latest satellite imagery from Envisat in near-real time, complementing the latest news and discoveries in space exploration and Earth observation.

Making full use of the iPhone and iPad touch features, ESA App V2 puts videos, images, facts and figures, ESA’s Twitter feeds, YouTube links and other information in a convenient mobile package.

The ten latest satellite images of our planet are also now at your fingertips. One of the newest features is the automatic update of satellite images from ESA’s MIRAVI website, which generates acquisitions in near-real time from the world’s largest Earth observation satellite, Envisat.

Users will be able to select between images acquired by two of Envisat’s sensors: the Advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar (ASAR) which can see through clouds and in the dark, or the Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS).

This allows users to track natural events in progress such as fires, floods and volcanic eruptions, or simply explore the planet through the eyes of a satellite in near-real time. Use it to check out the snow cover at your favourite ski resort or see if it’s a cloudy day at the beach.

Last but not least, the ESA App V2 feature ‘Apps we like’ displays ESA’s other applications for iPhone and iPad, and is updated regularly.

The new ESA App is available free of charge for iPhone and iPad directly from the App Store at Apple.

Future versions of the ESA App are already in the works, so stay tuned!

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