Watch Scientists Torch a Satellite to Help Protect People From Space Debris
Burning up satellite parts in laboratories could help reduce the amount of space debris that impacts Earth.
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Satellites Are Quietly, Constantly Watching Us
In a few short decades, the movement and activities of large swaths of Earth's humans can be tracked at all times.
SpaceX and Amazon Hope to Deliver Cheap Broadband With Low-Orbit Satellites
A new study shows how more broadband options should bring lower prices, assuming the promises pan out.
Unstable Ice Causes ‘Catastrophic Breeding Failure’ for Penguins
Climate change may be contributing to the penguin population crash at Halley Bay which is “unprecedented in the historical record.”
NASA Discovered a ‘Disturbing’ Glacier Hole Two-Thirds the Size of Manhattan
A new study from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory found that 14 billion tons of ice have almost entirely disappeared from Thwaites Glacier in the last three years.
Russia Has Lost Control of Its Only Space Telescope
Mission leads are trying to reestablish contact with the Spektr-R satellite, which carries a 10-meter wide radio dish.
Scientists Discover Hidden 'Supercolony' of 1.5 Million Penguins After Tracking Poop From Space
“This small archipelago, that measures only 15 kilometers from one end to the other, has more Adélie penguins than the entire rest of the Antarctic peninsula combined.”
Shocking Maps Show How Humans Have Reshaped Earth Since 1992
Generated from satellite data, the maps track losses and gains of land used for agriculture, forests, urbanization, and more.
The One Place in the US Google Earth Stopped Mapping
For eight years, Google Earth didn't update its satellite image of a military installation in Nevada. So we bought one ourselves.
Scientists Want to Punch Holes in Clouds With Ultra-Hot Lasers from Space
The satellite laser communication revolution is just around the corner, but it has one especially obstinate foe—overcast weather.
NASA Will Measure Polar Ice Cover Down to the Centimeter with Lasers From Space
ICESat-2 will collect 250 times as many elevation measurements as its predecessor, ICESat.
Satellites Are Zeroing in on Poachers and Traffickers in the ‘Outlaw Ocean’
Some vessels use ocean rendezvous to exchange contraband, and even captive crew. But big data tools are finding new ways to track these activities from outer space.