SMOS brings Mediterranean salinity into focus11 May 2017 ESA’s SMOS mission maps variations in soil moisture and salt in the surface waters of the open oceans. When the satellite was designed, it was not envisaged that it would be able to measure salinity in smaller seas like the Mediterranean, but SMOS has...
When Swarm met Steve21 April 2017
When Swarm met Steve21 April 2017 Thanks to social media and the power of citizen scientists chasing the northern lights, a new feature was discovered recently. Nobody knew what this strange ribbon of purple light was, so … it was called Steve.
ESA helps faster cleaner shipping 13 April 2017
ESA helps faster cleaner shipping 13 April 2017 With around 90% of world trade carried by ships, making sure a vessel follows the fastest route has clear economic benefits. By merging measurements from different satellites, ESA is providing key information on ocean currents, which is not only makin...
Call for EarthCARE mission advisory group04 April 2017
Call for EarthCARE mission advisory group04 April 2017 With ESA’s EarthCARE Earth Cloud Aerosol and Radiation Explorer satellite now entering its ‘production and qualification’ phase, ESA is calling for a new Mission Advisory Group.
CryoSat reveals Antarctica in 3D24 March 2017
CryoSat reveals Antarctica in 3D24 March 2017 Around 250 million measurements taken by ESA’s CryoSat over the last six years have been used to create a unique 3D view of Antarctica, offering a snapshot of the undulating surface of this vast ice sheet.
Supersonic plasma jets discovered 23 March 2017
Supersonic plasma jets discovered 23 March 2017 Information from ESA’s magnetic field Swarm mission has led to the discovery of supersonic plasma jets high up in our atmosphere that can push temperatures up to almost 10 000°C.