Space in daily life
Weather satellite begins prime operational service
The European research satellite SMOS, which will measure the Earth's soil moisture and ocean salinity, was launched by a Rockot vehicle from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in Russia on 2 November.
The technological advances that have allowed us to grow and manage crops, construct cities and infrastructures, and exploit the geological wealth of the Earth on an ever greater scale have also given us a firmer understanding of the world’s…
Europe’s ‘eco-policeman’ in space
Europe's ice research satellite CryoSat-2 is now in orbit. On 8 April at 15:57 (CEST), it was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on board a Dnepr rocket.