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Milky Way Viewed From the International Space Station
NASA Image Of The Day
NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman captured this image from the International Space Station and posted itto social media on Sept. 28, 2014, writing, "The Milky Way steals the show from Sahara sands that make the Earth glow orange." Aboard the space station, the six-person Expedition 41 crew is currently preparing for two spacewalks set for Oct. 7 and 15. During the first six-and-a-half-hour spacewalk, slated to begin on Oct. 7 around 8:10 a.m. EDT, Wiseman and European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst will transfer a previously uninstalled pump module from its temporary stowage location to the External Stowage Platform-2. The two spacewalkers also will install the Mobile Transporter Relay Assembly that adds the capability to provide ?keep-alive? power to the system that moves the station?s robotic arm between worksites. NASA astronaut Barry Wilmore will join Wiseman for the second Expedition 41 spacewalk on Oct. 15. Image Credit: NASA/Reid Wiseman...
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ESA Observing the Earth
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  • New toolboxes make using Sentinel data easy

    The Sentinel satellites are built primarily to deliver information for environmental services through Europe’s Copernicus programme, but they will also be used to advance our scientific understanding of Earth. Paving the way for easy scientific exploitation, ESA has released three new open source scientific software toolboxes.



  • Good and bad news for our atmosphere

    Data from ESA’s veteran Envisat satellite show ups and downs in the concentrations of the air pollutant nitrogen dioxide and the climate-relevant greenhouse gas carbon dioxide across the globe.



  • GOCE reveals gravity dip from ice loss

    Although not designed to map changes in Earth’s gravity over time, ESA’s extraordinary satellite has shown that the ice lost from West Antarctica over the last few years has left its signature.



  • Athens on the radar

    Earth observation image of the week: Sentinel-1 image of Greece’s Attica peninsula, also featured on the Earth from Space video programme

  • ESA trains tomorrow’s Earth observation scientists

    World-renowned remote sensing experts gathered in Valencia, Spain, last week to train the next generation of Earth observation scientists in the exploitation of satellite data for land applications.



  • My Planet from Space

    Discover the beauty and fragility of our planet in a special exhibition at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome, Italy on 30 September – 2 November

  • Paving the way for carbon mission

    Scientists met in California this summer to test new methods for measuring greenhouse gases. This joint effort helps to show how ESA’s CarbonSat candidate satellite mission could identify sources of carbon dioxide and methane and how they disperse in the atmosphere.



  • Bringing Earth observation to the everyday user

    Using satellites for improving the exploitation of water resources is just one of the innovative ideas developed over the week-long 'camp' dedicated to creating mobile apps drawing on Earth observation data. 



  • Monitoring volcanoes

    Radar satellites, like Sentinel-1A, can detect ground movements down to the millimetre, helping us to understand the processes happening below Earth’s surface

  • Magnetic field update

    The Swarm satellites have mapped changes in Earth’s magnetic field over the last six months. Discover more about our planet’s ever-changing protective shield

  • Where is it?

    Some of the most familiar places can be difficult to recognise from a satellite’s point of view – can you place these images on a map?

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