The candidate Earth Explorer Biomass mission addresses one of the most fundamental questions in our understanding of the land component in the Earth system: what is the status of our forests, as represented by the distribution of biomass and how is forest biomass changing? Image Credit: ESA/AOES Medialab

Three Earth Explorer Satellites Up For Debate At ESA Meeting In March

January 21, 2013

Lee Rannals for – Your Universe Online

In the next few months, scientists from across Europe will be gathering together to try and choose the European Space Agency’s next Earth Explorer mission.

The series of Earth Explorer satellites are designed to advance science by exploring different aspects of Earth. The missions are helping scientists improve their understanding of the interactions between Earth’s different components, and how human activity is affecting natural processes.

Three missions have already been selected, and are in orbit, and another three are on the road to launch. The next User Consultation Meeting, where scientists will be scrutinizing three innovative satellite concepts, is set for March 5 – 6.

During this meeting, the scientific community will be debating the merits of three new mission concepts, each of which could deliver novel information about the planet.

These state-of-the-art missions aim to help address some of the most urgent Earth science questions of the time.

Read more: ESA To Debate Earth Explorer Satellites At March Meeting – Space News – redOrbit.

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