As NASA attempts to pick up the pieces of its Earth observation strategy, following the failure of its Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO) A-Train mission, the European Space Agency—recovering from a crippling loss of its own—is starting to move its Earth Observer program into higher gear. Coordination of Earth observing (EO) programs among different nations, including Japan, is also increasing. The first mission in ESA’s Earth Explorer series—which, like the A-Train constellation aims ...


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