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Europe’s Mars rover takes shape

So, here it is. Europe’s Mars rover. Or rather, a copy of it. This is what they call the Structural Thermal Model, or STM. It is one of three rovers that will be built as part of the European Space Agency’s ExoMars 2020 mission to search for life on the …

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Sentinel tracks ships’ dirty emissions from orbit

The new EU satellite tasked with tracking dirty air has demonstrated how it will become a powerful tool to monitor emissions from shipping. Sentinel-5P was launched in October last year and this week completed its in-orbit commissioning phase. But already it is clear the satellite’s data will be transformative. This …

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Earth’s magnetic ocean tides mapped from space

This is the European Space Agency’s spectacular new view of ocean tides as they sweep around the Earth. The movie shows not the bulging movement of water directly, but rather its magnetic signature. As the Moon pulls the salty seas through our planet’s global magnetic field, electric currents are generated. …

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Map records UK’s small ups and downs

The subtle warping of the land surface across the entire UK has been mapped in detail for the first time. This view of changing topography was built from more than 2,000 radar images acquired by the European Union’s Sentinel-1 satellites. It should prove an invaluable tool for policymakers, and for …

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Antarctica ‘gives ground to the ocean’

Scientists now have their best view yet of where Antarctica is giving up ground to the ocean as some of its biggest glaciers are eaten away from below by warm water. Researchers using Europe’s Cryosat radar spacecraft have traced the movement of grounding lines around the continent. These are the …

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UK will lead European exoplanet mission

A telescope to study the atmospheres of planets beyond our Solar System will be launched by the European Space Agency in the late 2020s. The mission, to be known as Ariel, was selected by the organisation’s Science Programme Committee on Tuesday. The venture will be led scientifically from the UK …

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