NASA, University Study Shows Rising Seas Slowed by Increasing Water on Land

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NASA, University Study Shows Rising Seas Slowed by Increasing Water on Land
02/11/2016 02:00 PM EST

New measurements from a NASA satellite have allowed researchers to identify and quantify, for the first time, how climate-driven increases of liquid water storage on land have affected the rate of sea level rise.

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Bouquets and Bruises: Help an Abused Friend

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This Valentine’s Day, Help Someone Experiencing Abuse

From the outside, it can be hard to understand why someone would hesitate to report sexual assault or consider staying in an abusive relationship. But there are a lot of reasons that may complicate a person’s decisions when it comes to abuse.

If you’re looking to support a friend in this difficult situation, or if you need support yourself, USAGov has gathered these resources to help. Take an opportunity to talk with a friend, stay aware, and find help.

Bouquets and Bruises: This Valentine’s Day, Help Someone Experiencing Abuse

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ESA congratulations on gravitational wave discovery

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ESA congratulations on gravitational wave discovery
11-02-2016 06:00 PM CET

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ESA is thrilled to learn that gravitational waves have been detected, and is looking forward to starting its mission to test technologies that could extend the study of these exotic waves to space.

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European Space Agency Flickr Update

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The Sentinel-3A logo has been applied to the Rockot fairing
11-02-2016 01:29 PM CET

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The Sentinel-3A logo has been applied to the Rockot fairing

The Sentinel-3A satellite team members signed the logo applied to the Rockot fairing, on 10 February 2016, at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia.

Once safely in orbit and fully commissioned, this new satellite will begin its mission to map Earth’s oceans and land surfaces with its powerful optical and radar systems. The Sentinel-3 mission is set to play a key role in the world’s largest environmental monitoring programme – Copernicus.

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The Sentinel-3A logo has been applied to the Rockot fairing
11-02-2016 01:29 PM CET

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The Sentinel-3A logo has been applied to the Rockot fairing

The Sentinel-3A logo has been applied to the Rockot fairing, on 10 February 2016, at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia.

Once safely in orbit and fully commissioned, this new satellite will begin its mission to map Earth’s oceans and land surfaces with its powerful optical and radar systems. The Sentinel-3 mission is set to play a key role in the world’s largest environmental monitoring programme – Copernicus.

Credit: ESA–Stephane Corvaja, 2016

The Sentinel-3A logo has been applied to the Rockot fairing
11-02-2016 01:29 PM CET

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The Sentinel-3A logo has been applied to the Rockot fairing

The Sentinel-3A logo has been applied to the Rockot fairing, on 10 February 2016, at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia.

Once safely in orbit and fully commissioned, this new satellite will begin its mission to map Earth’s oceans and land surfaces with its powerful optical and radar systems. The Sentinel-3 mission is set to play a key role in the world’s largest environmental monitoring programme – Copernicus.

Credit: ESA–Stephane Corvaja, 2016

Sentinel-3A encapsulated within its Rockot fairing
11-02-2016 09:57 AM CET

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Sentinel-3A encapsulated within its Rockot fairing

Sentinel-3A satellite encapsulated within its Rockot fairing, on 9 February 2016, at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia.

Once safely in orbit and fully commissioned, this new satellite will begin its mission to map Earth’s oceans and land surfaces with its powerful optical and radar systems. The Sentinel-3 mission is set to play a key role in the world’s largest environmental monitoring programme – Copernicus.

Credit: ESA–Stephane Corvaja, 2016

Sentinel-3A being encapsulated within its Rockot fairing
11-02-2016 09:57 AM CET

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Sentinel-3A being encapsulated within its Rockot fairing

Sentinel-3A satellite encapsulated within its Rockot fairing, on 9 February 2016, at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia.

Once safely in orbit and fully commissioned, this new satellite will begin its mission to map Earth’s oceans and land surfaces with its powerful optical and radar systems. The Sentinel-3 mission is set to play a key role in the world’s largest environmental monitoring programme – Copernicus.

Credit: ESA–Stephane Corvaja, 2016

Sentinel-3A being encapsulated within its Rockot fairing
11-02-2016 09:57 AM CET

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Sentinel-3A being encapsulated within its Rockot fairing

Sentinel-3A satellite encapsulated within its Rockot fairing, on 9 February 2016, at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia.

Once safely in orbit and fully commissioned, this new satellite will begin its mission to map Earth’s oceans and land surfaces with its powerful optical and radar systems. The Sentinel-3 mission is set to play a key role in the world’s largest environmental monitoring programme – Copernicus.

Credit: ESA–Stephane Corvaja, 2016

Sentinel-3A being encapsulated within its Rockot fairing
11-02-2016 09:57 AM CET

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Sentinel-3A being encapsulated within its Rockot fairing

Sentinel-3A satellite encapsulated within its Rockot fairing, on 9 February 2016, at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia.

Once safely in orbit and fully commissioned, this new satellite will begin its mission to map Earth’s oceans and land surfaces with its powerful optical and radar systems. The Sentinel-3 mission is set to play a key role in the world’s largest environmental monitoring programme – Copernicus.

Credit: ESA–Stephane Corvaja, 2016

Sentinel-3A being encapsulated within its Rockot fairing
11-02-2016 09:57 AM CET

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Sentinel-3A being encapsulated within its Rockot fairing

Sentinel-3A satellite encapsulated within its Rockot fairing, on 9 February 2016, at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia.

Once safely in orbit and fully commissioned, this new satellite will begin its mission to map Earth’s oceans and land surfaces with its powerful optical and radar systems. The Sentinel-3 mission is set to play a key role in the world’s largest environmental monitoring programme – Copernicus.

Credit: ESA–Stephane Corvaja, 2016

Sentinel-3A being encapsulated within its Rockot fairing
11-02-2016 09:57 AM CET

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Sentinel-3A being encapsulated within its Rockot fairing

Sentinel-3A satellite encapsulated within its Rockot fairing, on 9 February 2016, at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia.

Once safely in orbit and fully commissioned, this new satellite will begin its mission to map Earth’s oceans and land surfaces with its powerful optical and radar systems. The Sentinel-3 mission is set to play a key role in the world’s largest environmental monitoring programme – Copernicus.

Credit: ESA–Stephane Corvaja, 2016

Sentinel-3A being encapsulated within its Rockot fairing
11-02-2016 09:57 AM CET

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Sentinel-3A being encapsulated within its Rockot fairing

Sentinel-3A satellite encapsulated within its Rockot fairing, on 9 February 2016, at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia.

Once safely in orbit and fully commissioned, this new satellite will begin its mission to map Earth’s oceans and land surfaces with its powerful optical and radar systems. The Sentinel-3 mission is set to play a key role in the world’s largest environmental monitoring programme – Copernicus.

Credit: ESA–Stephane Corvaja, 2016

Sentinel-3A being encapsulated within its Rockot fairing
11-02-2016 09:57 AM CET

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Sentinel-3A being encapsulated within its Rockot fairing

Sentinel-3A satellite encapsulated within its Rockot fairing, on 9 February 2016, at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia.

Once safely in orbit and fully commissioned, this new satellite will begin its mission to map Earth’s oceans and land surfaces with its powerful optical and radar systems. The Sentinel-3 mission is set to play a key role in the world’s largest environmental monitoring programme – Copernicus.

Credit: ESA–Stephane Corvaja, 2016

Sentinel-3A being encapsulated within its Rockot fairing
11-02-2016 09:57 AM CET

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Sentinel-3A being encapsulated within its Rockot fairing

Sentinel-3A satellite encapsulated within its Rockot fairing, on 9 February 2016, at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia.

Once safely in orbit and fully commissioned, this new satellite will begin its mission to map Earth’s oceans and land surfaces with its powerful optical and radar systems. The Sentinel-3 mission is set to play a key role in the world’s largest environmental monitoring programme – Copernicus.

Credit: ESA–Stephane Corvaja, 2016

Mating of Sentinel-3A on Breeze
11-02-2016 09:57 AM CET

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Mating of Sentinel-3A on Breeze

Sentinel-3A satellite mated to the Breeze Upper Stage, on 7 February 2016, at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia.

Sentinel-3A will be carried into orbit on a Rockot launched. Once safely in orbit and fully commissioned, this new satellite will begin its mission to map Earth’s oceans and land surfaces with its powerful optical and radar systems. The Sentinel-3 mission is set to play a key role in the world’s largest environmental monitoring programme – Copernicus.

Mating of Sentinel-3A on Breeze
11-02-2016 09:57 AM CET

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Mating of Sentinel-3A on Breeze

Sentinel-3A satellite mated to the Breeze Upper Stage, on 7 February 2016, at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia.

Sentinel-3A will be carried into orbit on a Rockot launched. Once safely in orbit and fully commissioned, this new satellite will begin its mission to map Earth’s oceans and land surfaces with its powerful optical and radar systems. The Sentinel-3 mission is set to play a key role in the world’s largest environmental monitoring programme – Copernicus.

Sentinel-3C & 3D contract signature
11-02-2016 09:47 AM CET

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Sentinel-3C & 3D contract signature

At an event in Paris on 9 February, 2016, CEO of Thales Alenia Space, Jean-Loïc Galle, and Director of ESA’s Earth Observation Programmes, Volker Liebig, signed a €450 million contract to build two more satellites for the Sentinel-3 mission.

From left to right: Jean Jacques Juillet, European Programme Director, Thales Alenia Space; Volker Liebig, Director of ESA’s Earth Observation Programmes; Jean-Loïc Galle, CEO of Thales Alenia Space; Jan Woerner, ESA Director General; Peter Breger, Deputy Head of Copernicus Unit, EC DG GROW; Joël Barre, General Director CNES; and Guido Levrini, Copernicus Space Segment Programme Manager, ESA, attended the contract signature ceremony.

Credit: ESA–Nadia Imbert-Vier 2016

Sentinel-3C & 3D contract signature
11-02-2016 09:46 AM CET

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Sentinel-3C & 3D contract signature

At an event in Paris on 9 February, 2016, CEO of Thales Alenia Space, Jean-Loïc Galle, and Director of ESA’s Earth Observation Programmes, Volker Liebig, signed a €450 million contract to build two more satellites for the Sentinel-3 mission.

From left to right: Jean Jacques Juillet, European Programme Director, Thales Alenia Space; Volker Liebig, Director of ESA’s Earth Observation Programmes; Jean-Loïc Galle, CEO of Thales Alenia Space; Jan Woerner, ESA Director General; Peter Breger, Deputy Head of Copernicus Unit, EC DG GROW; Joël Barre, General Director CNES; and Guido Levrini, Copernicus Space Segment Programme Manager, ESA, attended the contract signature ceremony.

Credit: ESA–Nadia Imbert-Vier 2016

Sentinel-3C & 3D contract signature
11-02-2016 09:46 AM CET

europeanspaceagency posted a photo:

Sentinel-3C & 3D contract signature

At an event in Paris on 9 February, 2016, CEO of Thales Alenia Space, Jean-Loïc Galle, and Director of ESA’s Earth Observation Programmes, Volker Liebig, signed a €450 million contract to build two more satellites for the Sentinel-3 mission.

From left to right: Jean Jacques Juillet, European Programme Director, Thales Alenia Space; Volker Liebig, Director of ESA’s Earth Observation Programmes; Jean-Loïc Galle, CEO of Thales Alenia Space; Jan Woerner, ESA Director General; Peter Breger, Deputy Head of Copernicus Unit, EC DG GROW; Joël Barre, General Director CNES; and Guido Levrini, Copernicus Space Segment Programme Manager, ESA, attended the contract signature ceremony.

Credit: ESA–Nadia Imbert-Vier 2016

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ESA DG signs MoU with European Polar Board

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ESA DG signs MoU with European Polar Board
03-02-2016 02:58 PM CET

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On 3 February, the Chair of the European Polar Board (EPB), Maaike Vancauwenberghe, and the ESA Director General, Jan Woerner, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at ESA’s headquarters in Paris.

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Missionsteams bereiten sich auf die kritischen Tage vor

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Missionsteams bereiten sich auf die kritischen Tage vor
11-02-2016 07:47 AM CET

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Moments after Sentinel-3A separates from its rocket, a team of European mission control specialists will assume control, shepherding the new spacecraft through its critical first days in space.

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European Space Agency Flickr Update

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Landing on an asteroid
10-02-2016 12:57 PM CET

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Landing on an asteroid

This is the micro-lander that ESA’s proposed Asteroid Impact Mission would put down on its target asteroid.

The asteroid body in question is just 170 m in diameter – the smaller body of the binary Didymos system – so roughly the same size as the Great Pyramid of Giza. It orbits just 1.2 km above the larger 800-m diameter primary Didymos asteroid (shown in the background here), to complete a circuit every 12 hours.

Around the size of a microwave oven, the micro-lander would be ESA’s first lander on a small body since Rosetta’s Philae lander touched down on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko in November 2014.

The asteroid lander, named Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout-2 (MASCOT-2), is under study by the German Aerospace Center DLR. MASCOT-1 is a lander already on board Japan’s Hayabusa 2 mission, which was launched on 3 December 2014 to reach its target asteroid in 2018.

Like its predecessor, MASCOT-2 would carry a compact wide-angle camera and a radiometer for close-up examination of the asteroid surface.

In addition, MASCOT-2 would be equipped with a low-frequency radar to help probe the interior of the asteroid it rests on – with AIM picking up the radar signals from the asteroid’s far side. Accelerometers will record full details of its impact with the surface, while solar panels should give the micro-lander at least three months of working life.

AIM, currently undergoing detailed design work in preparation for a ‘go/no go’ decision at the end of this year, would be humanity’s first mission to a double asteroid system.

NASA’s own Double Asteroid Redirection Test probe, or DART, will impact the same asteroid, with AIM providing detailed before-and-after mapping to help assess the effects and test planetary defence techniques. The two missions together are known as the Asteroid Impact and Deflection Assessment (AIDA) mission.

ESA has teamed up with the organisers of the annual Asteroid Day on 30 June to increase public awareness of potential asteroid impacts with Earth, and the importance of increasing our knowledge about these small bodies.

Credit: ESA – ScienceOffice.org

Visualising atoms
10-02-2016 12:51 PM CET

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Visualising atoms

How atoms interact and behave is common high-school knowledge, but what we know is based on assumptions or snapshots. Electron microscopes have taken images of atoms so we know how they settle, but we have never recorded atoms moving.

The ESA–Roscosmos Plasma Kristall-4 (PK-4) experiment is recreating atomic interactions in a fluid on a larger scale on the International Space Station. The proxy atoms in PK-4 are microparticles, which are suspended and charged in plasma (an ionised gas with electrons and ions). The microparticles interact with each other via the high electrical charges, forming a strongly coupled liquid or solid – a classical model system for condensed matter.

This image shows the typical purple glow of an argon plasma in the PK-4 hardware on Earth. Microparticles are introduced into the plasma to observe how they behave.

On Earth the particles are influenced by gravity but in space the particles will behave similarly to charged atoms in a fluid or crystal structure allowing researchers to understand better the hidden interactions of our world.

PK-4 is installed in the European Physiology Module on the European space laboratory Columbus and runs for up to four days, four times a year.

Credit: MPE–M. Kretschmer

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