Two new Earth Explorer concepts to understand our rapidly changing world15 November 2017 ESA has chosen two concepts, FORUM and SKIM, to be developed further and compete to be the ninth Earth Explorer mission.
Nearly four decades of soil moisture data now available03 November 2017
Nearly four decades of soil moisture data now available03 November 2017 A new, long-term and global dataset of soil moisture measurements from space has been released to help us better understand the water cycle and climate, monitor agriculture and manage our water resources.
Wind satellite vacuum packed02 November 2017
Wind satellite vacuum packed02 November 2017 With liftoff on the horizon, ESA’s Aeolus satellite is going through its last round of tests to make sure that this complex mission will work in orbit. Over the next month, it is sitting in a large chamber that has had all the air sucked out to simula...
Secrets of hidden ice canyons revealed11 October 2017
Secrets of hidden ice canyons revealed11 October 2017 We are all aware that Antarctica’s ice shelves are thinning, but recently scientists have also discovered huge canyons cutting through the underbelly of these shelves, potentially making them even more fragile. Thanks to the CryoSat and Sentinel-1 mis...
Call for new Earth Explorer mission ideas25 September 2017
Call for new Earth Explorer mission ideas25 September 2017 As part of ESA’s commitment to realise new satellite missions that advance our understanding of Earth, benefit society and demonstrate innovative space technologies, a call is now open for new Earth Explorer ideas.
Mapping the world’s forests20 September 2017
Mapping the world’s forests20 September 2017 Using satellite radar data, scientists have created a global map that quantifies the amount of wood in our forests – a key to understanding Earth’s carbon cycle and, ultimately, climate change.