Image: Artist’s impression of Sentinel-3 (ESA)

November 16, 2016

Sentinel-3a is part of a fleet of satellites and was launched in February 2016 to observe Earth's oceans, land and atmosphere. It contains a suite of advanced instruments powered by solar panels. They record different measurements including sea level, temperature and colour. The data is helping us better understand our changing climate and El Niño, a climate cycle that influences the likelihood of extreme weather.      

Amy, Exhibition Developer, Science Museum

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What's the most useful application of Sentinel-3a?

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22 comments on 'What can this satellite reveal about our complex world?'

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February 12, 2017 at 15:04

I like how the data is being used,this is a great experiment and it might get a bit better in the future.


February 12, 2017 at 14:08

It's all about the data...we need evidence to influence the politicians and world leaders to change opinions and policies to secure the planet's wellbeing and health for future generations.

jordan rosie alfie

February 12, 2017 at 11:44

it will show us new information about where we live, can be useful in the future


February 8, 2017 at 11:16

i love how space is so infornent


February 5, 2017 at 13:49

good work to monitor earth ocean health for human kind survival.


February 1, 2017 at 14:00

Satellite data is important.


January 26, 2017 at 16:02

incredible! an inspiration to us all!

philius fogg

January 21, 2017 at 13:51

What do we do when we have collected all possible data like this? What's next?

my nan

January 21, 2017 at 12:45

i think its very good


January 16, 2017 at 13:37

We should be leaving some of the world intact without human intervention - then we wouldn't need machines like this.


January 14, 2017 at 11:56

i think we should protect our world becase we just have one. :)


January 14, 2017 at 00:29

Maybe this can finally convince the world that climate change is real.


January 3, 2017 at 14:19

People need to wake up to he urgency of climate change. If they do not, it could mean the end of life as we know it! That's where satellites like Sentinel-3a come in: if we have more data, we can prove that climate change is a massive problem.

jeff watson

January 2, 2017 at 14:25

super invention to make the world a better place. is there anything wrong with it? where did you get the idea from?..................

Finlay Unger

December 27, 2016 at 13:51

I like the story because I like space and new inventions.

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