Satellites help understand what fuels the twilight zone27 September 2016
Satellites help understand what fuels the twilight zone27 September 2016 The deep, dark twilight zone a kilometre down in the ocean is home to most of the world’s fish, but how they get enough food has largely been a mystery. Now, thanks to satellites and floating sensors, scientists have worked out how much energy is bein...
Vega to launch ESA’s wind mission07 September 2016
Vega to launch ESA’s wind mission07 September 2016 Today, ESA and Arianespace signed a contract to secure the launch of the Aeolus satellite. With this milestone, a better understanding of Earth’s winds is another step closer.
Sentinel-1 provides new insight into Italy’s earthquake29 August 2016
Sentinel-1 provides new insight into Italy’s earthquake29 August 2016 On 24 August, an earthquake struck central Italy, claiming at least 290 lives and causing widespread damage. Satellite images are being used to help emergency aid organisations, while scientists have begun to analyse ground movement.
FLEX takes on mutants25 August 2016
FLEX takes on mutants25 August 2016 Because a plant isn’t green doesn’t mean it can’t photosynthesise as well as its more usual counterpart, but when measured by satellites, these non-green varieties skew results on plant health. FLEX is different. Experiments using ‘mutants’ show that...
Aladin wind probe ready for Aeolus02 August 2016
Aladin wind probe ready for Aeolus02 August 2016 It has been years in the making, but one of the trickiest pieces of space technology ever developed is finally ready to join its satellite for launch by the end of next year. With this milestone, we are another step closer to a better understanding of...
SMOS tracks Pacific fresh water pools27 July 2016
SMOS tracks Pacific fresh water pools27 July 2016 ESA’s SMOS satellite has found a rise in fresh water in the tropical Pacific Ocean during last year’s El Niño event.