Orbital handover

Human spaceflight and operations image of the week: MSG-4 controllers hand over Europe’s newest weather satellite To source

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First applications from Sentinel-2A

From agricultural monitoring to charting changing lands, early images from Europe’s new Sentinel-2A satellite show how the ‘colour vision’ mission’s critical observations can be used to keep us and our planet safe. To source

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Introducing Sentinel-2

Discover some of the mission’s benefits for the planet’s ever-growing population, such as deforestation monitoring, food security and the sustainable management of natural resources To source

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Born-again nebula

Space Science image of the week: XMM-Newton’s view of an eye-shaped cloud carved by a dying star’s brief comeback to life To source

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Activity at Klyuchevskoy Volcano

This photograph, taken on May 4, 2015 by an astronaut onboard the International Space Station, highlights one of the most active volcanic regions on Earth: the Kamchatka Peninsula in far eastern Russia. The three largest volcanoes visible at image center include Kliuchevskoy, Bezymianny, and Ushkovsky. To source

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A Spin Around An Exoplanet Most Like Earth

This artistic animation depicts one possible appearance of the planet Kepler-452b, the first near-Earth-size world to be found in the habitable zone of star that is similar to our sun. The planet’s rotation is sped up. original

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