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What Earth's Gravity Reveals About Climate Change

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GRACE

On March 17, 2002, the German-US satellite duo GRACE (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment) were launched to map the global gravitational field with unprecedented precision.


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Earth from Space: Maritime Traffic in the English Channel Video in Story

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Earth from Space: Maritime Traffic in the English Channel.

The Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission takes us over the busy maritime traffic passing through the English Channel.

Astro-ecology: Counting Orangutans Using Star-spotting Technology

Astro-ecology: Counting Orangutans Using Star-spotting Technology

A ground-breaking scientific collaboration is harnessing technology used to study the luminosity of stars, to carry out detailed monitoring of orangutan populations in Borneo.


The Oldest Ice On Earth May Solve The Puzzle of the Planet's Climate History

The Oldest Ice On Earth May Solve The Puzzle of the Planet's Climate History

As part of the EU project "Beyond EPICA - Oldest Ice", experts from 14 institutions located in 10 European countries have spent three years combing the Antarctic ice sheet to find the ideal location to retrieve the oldest ice core on the Earth


Fireworks of Blue Lightning and Gamma Rays Above Thunderclouds

Fireworks of Blue Lightning and Gamma Rays Above Thunderclouds

After only one year in space, the Atmosphere-Space Interactions Monitor (ASIM) on the International Space Station has given researchers a new understanding of how lightning is created, and how thunderstorms can affect the atmosphere and the climate.


Glaciers Lose Nine Trillion Tons Of Ice In Half A Century

Glaciers Lose Nine Trillion Tons Of Ice In Half A Century

When we think of climate change, one of the first things to come to mind is melting polar ice. However, ice loss isn't just restricted to the polar regions.


Earth from Space: Egyptian Crop Circles

Earth from Space: Egyptian Crop Circles Video in Story

This week, ESA is focusing on its core Basic Activities, which, for Earth observation, include preserving precious data.


NASA Begins Final Year of Airborne Polar Ice Mission

NASA Begins Final Year of Airborne Polar Ice Mission

This is the last year for Operation IceBridge, NASA's most comprehensive airborne survey of ice change.


Orbital View Of Erbil Citadel - Earth's Oldest Continuous Inhabited Place

Orbital View Of Erbil Citadel - Earth's Oldest Continuous Inhabited Place

As the world's earliest known civilization developed in Mesopotamia...as Genghis Khan worked to create the largest contiguous land empire in history...as the Ottomans occupied European and Asian lands for nearly 600 years...each empire had one thing in common.


OCO-3 On The International Space Station

OCO-3 On The International Space Station

NASA is ready to launch a new space instrument that will use the vantage point of the International Space Station to monitor Earth's carbon cycle.


Earth from Space: The Bosphorus Strait, Turkey

Earth from Space: The Bosphorus Strait, Turkey Video in Story

Captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission, this image shows the narrow strait that connects eastern Europe to western Asia: the Bosphorus in northwest Turkey. The image contains satellite data stitched together from three radar scans acquired on 2 June, 8 July and 13 August 2018.


Earth from Space: Lake Chad, Africa

Earth from Space: Lake Chad, Africa Video in Story

The 22 March is World Water Day, which focuses on the importance of freshwater. The Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations aim to achieve a better and more sustainable future.


Bangkok's Green Lung

Bangkok's Green Lung

Captured on 22 January 2019 by the Copernicus Sentinel-2B satellite, this true-colour image shows Thailand's most populous city Bangkok, and its 'Green Lung' Bang Kachao.


Arctic Sea Ice 2019 Wintertime Extent Is Seventh Lowest

Arctic Sea Ice 2019 Wintertime Extent Is Seventh Lowest

Sea ice in the Arctic appears to have hit its annual maximum extent after growing through the fall and winter.


Drone Maps Icy Lava Tube in Iceland in Preparation for Cave Exploration on the Moon and Mars

Drone Maps Icy Lava Tube in Iceland in Preparation for Cave Exploration on the Moon and Mars Video in Story

The SETI Institute and Astrobotic Technology, Inc. are announcing the successful mapping in 3D of the interior of an ice-rich lava tube in Iceland using a LiDAR-equipped drone.


NASA's Greenland Mission Still Surprises in Year Four

NASA's Greenland Mission Still Surprises in Year Four

Only seven months after NASA's Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG) mission wrapped its last field campaign on the world's largest island, an OMG crew is back in Greenland to collect more data.


Earth from Space: Nairobi, Kenya

Earth from Space: Nairobi, Kenya Video in Story

The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over Nairobi, one of the fastest growing cities in East Africa.


Earth from Space: New Zealand

Earth from Space: New Zealand Video in Story

The Copernicus Sentinel-3A satellite takes us over New Zealand, with the image centred over Cook Strait between the North and South Islands.


New Satellite Keeps Close Watch On Antarctic Ice Loss

New Satellite Keeps Close Watch On Antarctic Ice Loss

A recently-launched satellite mission has captured precision data on the elevation of the Antarctic ice sheet proving a valuable addition to monitoring efforts in the region, according to work published this week in The Cryosphere.



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