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Baltic swirls
13-07-2016 05:50 PM CEST

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Baltic swirls

Captured by Sentinel-3A on 23 June 2016, this image shows an algae bloom in the Baltic Sea. Sentinel-3A carries a suite of instruments to monitor our changing world. This image was captured with its ocean and land colour instrument, OLCI, which provides biogeochemical measurements to monitor, for example, concentrations of algae, suspended matter and chlorophyll in seawater. This information can be used to predict harmful algal blooms, which is particularly relevant in the Baltic Sea where extreme blooms are a significant problem. The health and vulnerability of marine ecosystems is fundamental to our knowledge of ocean productivity and, in turn, fish stocks. The coloured tracks in the image are temperature measurements from a zeppelin, which was used as part of Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht’s Clockwork Ocean project. Satellite imagery was used to help locate these eddies.

Following liftoff in February 2016 and a five-month commissioning period, the Sentinel-3A satellite was handed over for operations on 13 July 2016

Credit: Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2016)/HZG

ESA pavilion Farnborough 2016
13-07-2016 01:40 PM CEST

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ESA pavilion Farnborough 2016

Credit: ESA-Stephane Corvaja, 2016

ESA pavilion Farnborough 2016
13-07-2016 01:40 PM CEST

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ESA pavilion Farnborough 2016

Credit: ESA-Stephane Corvaja, 2016

ESA pavilion Farnborough 2016
13-07-2016 01:40 PM CEST

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ESA pavilion Farnborough 2016

Credit: ESA-Stephane Corvaja, 2016

ESA pavilion Farnborough 2016
13-07-2016 01:40 PM CEST

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ESA pavilion Farnborough 2016

Credit: ESA-Stephane Corvaja, 2016

ESA pavilion Farnborough 2016
13-07-2016 01:40 PM CEST

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ESA pavilion Farnborough 2016

Credit: ESA-Stephane Corvaja, 2016

ESA pavilion Farnborough 2016
13-07-2016 01:40 PM CEST

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ESA pavilion Farnborough 2016

Credit: ESA-Stephane Corvaja, 2016

ESA pavilion Farnborough 2016
13-07-2016 01:40 PM CEST

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ESA pavilion Farnborough 2016

Credit: ESA-Stephane Corvaja, 2016

Signature of the Prospect B+ contract between ESA and Leonardo
13-07-2016 01:35 PM CEST

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Signature of the Prospect B+ contract between ESA and Leonardo

Signature of the Prospect B+ contract between David Parker, ESA’s Director of Human Spaceflight and Robotic Exploration, and Norman Bone, Airborne and Space Systems division, Managing Director Leonardo, during the Farnborough airshow, on 12 July 2016.

PROSPECT is one of the three elements of early lunar exploration activities of ESA: PILOT, PROSPECT, and SPECTRUM. While SPECTRUM and PILOT enable navigation, communication, and lunar landing technologies, PROSPECT will allow Europe to analyse the Moon’s subsoil for the very first time to understand its resources.

Credit: ESA-Stephane Corvaja, 2016

SABRE contract signing
13-07-2016 01:35 PM CEST

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SABRE contract signing

The Farnborough airshow was the venue for the contract signing by Franco Ongaro, ESA’s Director of Technical and Quality Management, and Mark Thomas, Chief Executive Officer of Reaction Engines Ltd, to commit the next stage of ESA funding towards the SABRE air-breathing engine, on 12 July 2016.

Credit: ESA-Stephane Corvaja, 2016

Tim Peake arrives back in UK
13-07-2016 11:30 AM CEST

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Tim Peake arrives back in UK

ESA astronaut Tim Peake shortly after arriving at London Heathrow Airport on 13 July 2016 – his first visit to the UK since spending six months on the International Space Station for the Principia mission.

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