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This image from the Copernicus Sentinel-2A satellite was taken on 28 September, and shows blazes that had plagued Russia’s Irkutsk Oblast since July. It is thought that drier conditions associated with warmer weather – with June 2016 being the hottest on record – contributed to the unusually large number of fires. #Earthfromspace #Copernicus #Sentinel2 #Russia #wildfires

Read more: http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2017/05/Russian_wildfires

Credit: contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2016), processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO 
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In this week's episode of #EarthFromSpace the Sentinel-2A satellite shows us blazes in the boreal forests of eastern Russia. #sentinel2 #Russia #wildfires

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#Technology image of the week: a lightweight, silicon carbide mirror for space, under thermal vacuum–testing

Read more: http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2017/05/Silicon_carbide_mirror_subjected_to_thermal_vacuum_testing
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Upgrades to the monitoring stations underpinning Europe’s EGNOS #satnav augmentation system will support its evolution.

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The inquiry into the crash-landing of the #ExoMars Schiaparelli module has concluded that conflicting information in the onboard computer caused the descent sequence to end prematurely. The root causes and future steps have been identified and are now available online - follow the link for more.

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ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst has a new patch to add to his flight suit ahead of his second spaceflight next year... join us on Monday for a press conference when his mission name and logo will be revealed!

Watch the press conference live from 10:30 CEST/08:30 GMT on Monday 29 May https://livestream.com/esa
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The #Sentinel2 satellite’s frequent revisits and resolution are allowing scientists to use images captured over the #GreatBarrierReef to observe bleaching events +Great Barrier Reef #earthobservation


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ESA and BayWa AG are joining forces in an effort to advance the use of satellite data in #farming. #Copernicus


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A key part of ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet's 6-month mission to the International Space Station is running scientific experiments for hundreds of researchers on Earth. This video shows the Energy experiment implemented by Thomas on the ISS, in the CNES Microgravity Centre in Toulouse, and in a research lab in Strasbourg. #Proxima

This video is also available in French:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0eZj9_bRXWg

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A group of university students completed the ESA Academy’s third Concurrent Engineering Workshop with a difficult challenge: to design a satellite that would help protect African #elephants! #ESAacademy 
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