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Calling for ideas for next Earth Explorer

As part of ESA’s continuing commitment to realise cutting-edge satellite missions to advance the scientific understanding of our planet and to show how new technologies can be used in space, a new Call for Earth Explorer mission ideas has been released today. To source

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Meet the Experts: Isolation in Antarctica

Video: 00:05:43 Cold, dark, remote, Antarctica is as close to space as you can get on Earth. Humans conduct research in Antarctic bases on a wide range of topics, from climate studies and astronomy to glaciology and human physiology and psychology. Dr. Stijn Thoolen, the ESA-sponsored research doctor based at the French/Italian Concordia research station […]

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Atacama minerals

Image: The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over part of Chile’s Atacama Desert, one of the driest places on Earth. To source

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Earth from Space: Atacama minerals

Video: 00:02:46 In this week’s edition of the Earth from Space programme, the Copernicus Sentinel-2  mission takes us over part of Chile’s Atacama Desert, considered one of the driest places on Earth. See also Atacama minerals  to download the image. To source

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Snow mass estimates now more reliable

Snow mass estimates now more reliable

Estimating the amount of seasonal snow is important for understanding the water cycle and Earth’s climate system, but establishing a clear and coherent picture of change has proven difficult. New research from ESA’s Climate Change Initiative has helped to produce the first reliable estimate of snow mass change and has helped to identify different continental […]

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Discussion on space for healthcare after COVID-19

Video: 01:20:00 Replay of a live streamed conversation with European experts on how space can help healthcare that took place on ESA Web TV on 20 May 2020. The coronavirus pandemic has challenged the world’s health systems. However space-enabled telemedicine is enabling medics to care for some patients remotely. These include people receiving critical care […]

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Swarm probes weakening of Earth’s magnetic field

In an area stretching from Africa to South America, Earth’s magnetic field is gradually weakening. This strange behaviour has geophysicists puzzled and is causing technical disturbances in satellites orbiting Earth. Scientists are using data from ESA’s Swarm constellation to improve our understanding of this area known as the ‘South Atlantic Anomaly.’ To source

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A sustainable future

Video: 00:04:00 With the Covid-19 pandemic halting our daily lives and forcing many countries and region into lockdown, the economic effects have been devastating. Closed borders have caused traffic jams and disrupted supply chains. In Europe, for example, the agriculture industry has suffered. Normally the industry relies on migrant labour to harvest crops, but as […]

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Last Antarctic sunset

Last Antarctic sunset

Image: The 16th crew at Concordia research Station  in Antarctica to spend a full winter at the facility, wave goodbye to the Sun as it descends below the horizon, not to return for four months. Sunday 3 May marked the start of the crew’s winter-over period. The 12-member group will spend the next few months […]

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