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Acquired on 27 June 2015 at 10:25 UTC (12:25 CEST), just four days after launch, this close-up of France’s southern coast from Nice airport (lower left) to Menton (upper right) is a subset from the first image from the Sentinel-2A satellite. This false colour image was processed including the instrument’s high-resolution infrared spectral channel.Acquired on 27 June 2015 at 10:25 UTC (12:25 CEST), just four days after launch, this close-up of France’s southern coast from Nice airport (lower left) to Menton (upper right) is a subset from the first image from the Sentinel-2A satellite. This false colour image was processed including the instrument’s high-resolution infrared spectral channel. Source: Copernicus data (2015)/ESA

First Satellite Images from Sentinel-2 Delivered

Four days after its launch, the first images from Sentinel-2 have been delivered.  Covering an area from central Europe and the Mediterranean, ending in Algeria, images from the satellite is part of the Copernicus environmental monitoring program.  Designed as a twin satellite system, Sentinel-2A and Sentinel-2b (which will launch in 2016) will provide […]

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Free and Open Access to Sentinel Satellite Data

Free and Open Access to Sentinel Satellite Data

The European Space Agency (ESA) has announced that free and open access to Sentinel satellite data will become available during the Copernicus operational phase.  Copernicus is an earth observation program operated by a partnership of  the European Commission (EC), European Space Agency (ESA), and the European Environment Agency (EEA).    The […]

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Artistic view of the Proba-V satellite. Source: ESA.Artistic view of the Proba-V satellite. Source: ESA.

Tracking Global Vegetation with Micro-Satellite Proba-V

The ESA, also known as the European Space Agency, has managed to do a lot of amazing feats in the field of space technology. They have created the Proba-1 and Proba-2 satellites, and their latest microsatellite, the Proba-V, is currently undergoing testing before its launch into space. The Proba-V is […]

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Geospatial Redux: Envisat End of Mission Declared, GIS for Geocaching, Tunneling the Earth

Geospatial Redux: Envisat End of Mission Declared, GIS for Geocaching, Tunneling the Earth

With communication broken with the earth monitoring satellite since April 8, 2012, the European Space Agency (ESA) has declared an end of mission for Envisat.  The ten year old satellite has delivered over a thousand terabytes of data, doubling its expected lifespan of five years.  The lowering of its orbit back in […]

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Envisat Satellite Malfunctioning

Envisat Satellite Malfunctioning

Envisat, the European Space Agency’s (ESA) earth observation satellite, has stopped functioning properly.  Communication with the satellite was lost on April 8th when data was unable to be retrieved as it passed over the ground control station in Kiruna, Sweden.  Efforts by members of the ESA mission control team have […]

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CryoSat-2

CryoSat-2

CryoSat-2 is the satellite launched by the European Space Agency on April 8, 2010 to collect data in order to understand the relationship between the world’s ice layers and climate change.  The satellite collects data about ice thickness over both land and water to analyze the changes in polar ice […]