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    The Earth as a Work of Art!

    A detailed review of the open-air exhibition The Earth as a Work of Art, coordinated bySusan Kentner on behalf of the German Helmholtz Association.

  • Folk Toy Object (1969)

    Art and science

    When the objective becomes subjective

    Thoughts on the abstract aesthetics linking satellite imagery with modern art. Conversation with Ralph Dekoninck, art historian at Belgium’s National Scientific Research Fund (FNRS).

  • Steam captured by Météostat 8, a geostationary satellite that “sees” the whole of the Earth’s surface. 6 March 2004.

    Remote sensing

    All eyes on the blue planet

    Introduction to remote sensing, or how to conduct Earth observation using spatial or spectral resolution devices.

  • Preparing the optical component of two future Pléiade satellites in the Thales Alenia Space clean rooms in Cannes (FR).

    Remote sensing

    Military surveillance

    Spaceborne remote sensing has proved to be an essential military surveillance tool. A presentation of spy satellites: observation devices with a strictly confidential mission.

  • Profusion of algae in the Baltic Sea, captured by the Meris instrument on board the Envisat satellite (13 July 2005).


    Europe at the forefront

    Europe has a history of excellence in the field of civilian remote sensing which shows no sign of waning.

  • Stephen Briggs, coordinator of the Charter programme at ESA.

    International Charter

    Global emergencies

    To improve their response to natural disasters that rock the planet, the leading space agencies have signed up to the International Charter “Space and Major Disasters”.

  • Alexander Carleer researcher at the Institute of environmental management and spatial planning (IGEAT) at the Université Libre de Bruxelles.


    Profession: remote sensing researcher

    Portrait of Belgian researcher Alexandre Carleer, an expert in high-definition satellite imagery.

  • Hurricane Gamede passing over the islands of Mauritius and Réunion on 23 February 2007. Envisat image, Meris spectrometer.

    Collected works

    Applications as varied as they are surprising

    Overview of practical Earth observation applications not used to predict rain or shine.

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    Earth Explorers

    Six explorers in the service of the planet

    The European Space Agency has just launched the Earth Explorers programme, consisting of six satellites each focusing on a specific aspect of the biosphere.

  • Calipso, one of the six advanced observation satellites in the Afternoon-train. Its state-of-the-art technology is expected to advance our understanding of climate mechanisms.

    International collaboration

    A host of observation devices in orbit

    How does Earth observation work at the international level? A non-exhaustive overview of some of the most outstanding remote sensing satellites and devices currently in operation.

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    A flourishing decentralised market

    Spotlight on the commercial side of satellite imagery. Small and medium-sized enterprises are increasingly involved in marketing this data.

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    EUMETSAT, “the other” European space agency

    As weather conditions have a direct impact on our lives, we require satellite data, images and products 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It is the role of Eumetsat, Europe’s operational space agency, to supply them.

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    Space debris

    Humans leave their mark in space

    A look at the little-known threat of space junk. Taking stock with Heiner Klinkrad, Head of the ESOC Space Debris Office.

  • Keeping a close watch on the environment


    Keeping a close watch on the environment

    The GMES programme is a joint venture between ESA and the European Union. The aim: to monitor the global environment in the broadest sense, to ensure the socio-economic welfare and security of European citizens.

  • © ESA University of Jena Chinese Academy of Forestry

    Images of science

    Mosaic of north-east China