Satellites improve air quality monitoring in South Africa22 August 2013 Economic development often means an increase of harmful gases into the atmosphere. ESA’s GlobEmission project uses satellite data to monitor atmospheric pollution from emissions.
Is the ozone layer on the road to recovery?08 February 2013
Is the ozone layer on the road to recovery?08 February 2013 Satellites show that the recent ozone hole over Antarctica was the smallest seen in the past decade. Long-term observations also reveal that Earth’s ozone has been strengthening following international agreements to protect this vital layer of the atm...
MetOp-A captures Hurricane Sandy30 October 2012
MetOp-A captures Hurricane Sandy30 October 2012 Europe's polar orbiting weather satellite, MetOp-A, captured this image of Hurricane Sandy just as the huge storm hit the east coast of the US yesterday. The MetOp programme is developed as a joint undertaking between ESA and Eumetsat for operational...
Metop-B delivers first data from polar orbit28 September 2012
Metop-B delivers first data from polar orbit28 September 2012 PR 31 2012 - Four of the instruments on the Metop-B weather satellite (AMSU-A, ASCAT, MHS, GRAS) have been activated this week and are delivering data.
ESA hands over control of the Metop-B weather satellite to EUMETSAT21 September 2012
ESA hands over control of the Metop-B weather satellite to EUMETSAT21 September 2012 PR 30 2012 – Yesterday, at 18:30 local time EUMETSAT took control of Metop-B operations, following the three-day Launch and Early Orbit Phase (LEOP) conducted by the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) of the European Space Agency (ESA). The hando...
Europe’s second polar-orbiting weather satellite is aloft17 September 2012
Europe’s second polar-orbiting weather satellite is aloft17 September 2012 PR 28 2012 – The second Metop satellite was launched today from the Baikonur cosmodrome, in Kazakhstan, atop a Russian Soyuz launcher.