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Sentinel-3A on its way

The latest satellite for the European Commission’s Copernicus environmental programme has left France bound for the Plesetsk launch site in Russia and launch late next month. To source

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Spanish mosaic

Earth observation image of the week: a Sentinel-2A image of Merida, Spain, also featured on the Earth from Space video programme To source

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New satellite to measure plant health

ESA plans to track the health of the world’s vegetation by detecting and measuring the faint glow that plants give off as they convert sunlight and the atmosphere’s carbon dioxide into energy. To source

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A witness to a wet early Mars

Vast volumes of water once flooded through this deep chasm on Mars that connects the ‘Grand Canyon’ of the Solar System – Valles Marineris – to the planet’s northern lowlands. To source

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3D-printed alien

Technology image of the week: materials specialist Tommaso Ghidini showing unearthly-looking 3D-printed part at TEDxESA To source

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The Right Stuff

Human spaceflight and operations image of the week: ESA’s operations managers are team leaders, motivating people and managing complex systems and situations on the cutting edge of human exploration To source

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