An icy visitor

EarthzineEarth Observation

Originally Published ESA- ESA’s space missions are getting ready to observe an icy visitor to the inner Solar System: Comet ISON, which might also be visible in the night sky later this year as a naked eye object.

Preparing to launch Swarm

Amanda LewanEarth Observation

Originally Published ESA – With the launch of ESA’s Swarm trio set for 14 November, the first satellite has arrived safely at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Russia. This new mission will unravel one of the most mysterious aspects of our planet: the magnetic field.r.

New dimensions on ice


Originally Published by ESA — Offering new insights into our fragile polar regions, ESA’s CryoSat mission has provided three consecutive years of Arctic sea-ice thickness measurements, which show that the ice continues to thin.

'First starlight' instrument ready

Amanda LewanEarth Observation

Originally Published by BBC News– Engineers complete the second of Europe’s two instruments for Hubble’s successor, the James Webb Space Telescope, which is due for launch in 2018.

Reflecting on Earth’s albedo

EarthzineEarth Observation

Originally Published by ESA– The amount of sunlight being absorbed or reflected by Earth is one of the driving forces for weather and climate. Satellites are providing this information with unprecedented accuracy.