Crowdfunding the Next Moonshot

Crowdfunding the Next Moonshot

Once the only people who had a shot at exploring the Moon worked for Nasa and the other big space agencies. Time and technology have made lunar exploration much less expensive. While you won’t be taking vacations on the Moon any time soon, check out this timeline of crowdfunded lunar projects and see how you can help explore the Moon.

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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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Amateur Space News Roundup May 24, 2014

Today’s amateur space headlines include astronomy tourism at Lake Tahoe, the inside story of a Nasa student rocket contest, progress in crowdsourced hurricane research, STEM rocketry in Bimidji, and another Mars One candidate profile.

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Amateur Space News May 20, 2014

Amateur Space News May 20, 2014

Space agencies helping amateurs explore space were in the news today along with crowdsourcing emergency response. The daily Mars One coverage included a hit piece, a measured response from Nasa, and a candidate profile in the UK.

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Amateur Space News April 16, 2014

Today’s headlines include a human security alert based on satellite images, a contest to find new satellite imaging applications, web apps for planet hunters, and an ISS experiment built and operated by high school students.

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SatCam app improves climate research

Your smartphone can make science better. The SatCam project wants to improve space-based tools scientists use to study the atmosphere. The SatCam app lets you send ground truth reports of cloud cover so scientists can check weather satellites' accuracy

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TerraLook makes remote sensing easier for amateurs

The United States Geological Survey created TerraLook to make satellite imaging easier for people outside the remote sensing community. Using the raw data generated by LandSat and other remote sensing satellites requires training and expensive software. For most people - journalists, students, and other amateurs - a picture is all they need to illustrate a story, document conditions, or explain how things change over time. TerraLook makes it easier for them to use the forty year record of LandSat images. 

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Satellite Sentinel Project uses space to make a difference

The Satellite Sentinel Project uses satellite images to document human rights abuses and civilian casualties in South Sudan. Their analysis complements on-the-ground reports collected by the Enough Project and helps to raise awareness of atrocities committed by armed groups that prey on defenseless civilians.

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