Truth from Space: Satellite images help journalists and humanitarians

Truth from Space: Satellite images help journalists and humanitarians

The Antares rocket explosion destroyed 26 satellites that were supposed to add to Planet Lab’s growing fleet in Earth orbit. Although the month ended badly, Planet Labs already has over 70 satellites in orbit. Fleets of satellites from Planet Labs and competitors like Skybox and DigitalGlobe take pictures of Earth daily. A growing number of journalists and humanitarian organizations use satellite images to uncover facts that would otherwise remain hidden. Here’s a recap of October’s satellite truth-seekers.

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Become a quake-spotter and monitor our shaking, quaking, not-so-solid Earth

Become a quake-spotter and monitor our shaking, quaking, not-so-solid Earth

Almost 26 million people around the world joined the Great Shake Out today to improve earthquake readiness. But once you’ve prepared for an earthquake, what can you do the other 364 days in the year? Take a look at these amateur projects that let you take part in studying our not-so-solid Earth.

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Celebrate World Space Week with these GPS-enabled space exploration projects

Celebrate World Space Week with these GPS-enabled space exploration projects

World Space Week 2014, the global celebration of all things space, chose the theme “Space: Guiding the Way” to raise awareness of the role satellite navigation systems play in our lives. In honor of World Space Week, here's a collection of GPS-enabled amateur space exploration projects you can join. Track balloons flying into Near Space; crowdsource aurora, weather, and cosmic ray data; or create your own GPS apps for Nasa.

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European Space Agency wants you to Learn Earth Observation

European Space Agency wants you to Learn Earth Observation

Earth observation - using satellite images to study our own planet - isn’t just for spies any more. The European Space Agency wants more people to use orbital data to improve European economies and societies, but getting the most out of the images requires skills that most people don’t learn in school. 

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