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Earth from Space: Special Edition

Earth from Space: Special Edition

Here at One Giant Read we're big fans of discovering more about our planet with the Earth from Space video programme from European Space Agency.

In this special edition episode, Sentinel-2 Mission Manager Bianca Hoersch and Sentinel-2 Project Manager Francois Spoto join the show to tell us about their roles in the Sentinel-2 mission, the multispectral instrument and data applications.

ESA–Manuel Pedoussaut, 2017

Sentinel-2B satellite at Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, on 23 January 2017.

Liftoff is set for on 7 March at 01:49 GMT (02:49 CET; 22:49 local time on 6 March).

Offering ‘colour vision’ for Europe’s environmental monitoring Copernicus programme, Sentinel-2 combines high-resolution and novel multispectral capabilities to monitor Earth’s changing lands in unprecedented detail and accuracy.

Sentinel-2 is designed as a two-satellite constellation: Sentinel-2A and -2B. Sentinel-2A was launched on 23 June 2015 and has been providing routine imagery for the EU Copernicus Land Monitoring Service, among others. Once Sentinel-2B is launched and operational, the constellation will offer a global revisit every five days.

Information from this mission is helping to improve agricultural practices, monitor the world’s forest, detect pollution in lakes and coastal waters, and contribute to disaster mapping, to name a few.

The satellite was built by an industrial consortium led by prime contractor Airbus Defence and Space in Friedrichshafen, Germany.