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First Solar Orbiter instrument sends measurements

First measurements by a Solar Orbiter science instrument reached the ground on Thursday 13 February providing a confirmation to the international science teams that the magnetometer on board is in good health following a successful deployment of the spacecraft’s instrument boom. To source

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Earth from space: Bolivian highland heart

Video: 00:00:00 For Valentine’s Day, this week’s edition of the Earth from Space programme features a Copernicus Sentinel-2 image, capturing a beautiful heart-shaped geographical formation in the dramatic landscape of the southern highlands of Bolivia. See also Bolivian highland heart to download the image. For Valentine’s Day, this week’s edition of the Earth from Space […]

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Paxi on the ISS: Fun facts about the ISS

Video: 00:03:52 Our alien friend Paxi went to visit American astronaut Anne McClain on board the International Space Station. Anne shares some fun facts about the ISS with Paxi.  Our alien friend Paxi went to visit American astronaut Anne McClain on board the International Space Station. Anne shares some fun facts about the ISS with […]

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Perspective view of Nilosyrtis Mensae

Image: This image shows a region of Mars’ surface named Nilosyrtis Mensae. It comprises data gathered on 29 September 2019 during orbit 19908. The ground resolution is approximately 15 m/pixel and the images are centred at about 69°E/31°N. This image was created using data from the nadir and colour channels of the High Resolution Stereo […]

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The topography of Nilosyrtis Mensae

Image: This colour-coded topographic image shows a region of Mars’ surface named Nilosyrtis Mensae, based on data gathered by the Mars Express High Resolution Stereo Camera on 29 September 2019 during orbit 19908. This view is based on a digital terrain model (DTM) of the region, from which the topography of the landscape can be […]

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Two halves of a whole

Mars is very much a world of two halves, as this new image from ESA’s Mars Express highlights, showing where these dramatically different regions come together as one. To source

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Iceberg shattered

Image: The Pine Island Glacier recently spawned an iceberg over 300 sq km that very quickly shattered into pieces. This almost cloud-free image, captured on 11 February by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission , shows the freshly broken bergs in detail. A recent animation using 57 radar images captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission shows just […]

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