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A space rock worth $5.4 trillion is flying by Earth this weekend — here's how to watch

Asteroids might not look like much on the outside, but you shouldn't judge a book by its cover.

Underneath the surface of some asteroids is a treasure trove of a type of mineral, called platinum, that is rare on Earth but extremely lucrative — 1,000 cubic centimeters of platinum is worth close to $1 …



Europe’s SpaceDataHighway talks services12 June 2015 The European Data Relay System (EDRS) is the most sophisticated broadband laser communication …

GIM Sentinel-2A Set to Provide Impressive Earth Images

Sentinel-2A Set to Provide Impressive Earth Images - 15/06/2015

Sentinel-2A, the first optical imaging satellite in Europe’s Copernicus environmental …

The Mad Plan to Clean Up Space Junk With a Laser Cannon

If a team of astronomers has their way, soon the International Space Station will be outfitted with a new, spiffy laser-wielding telescope.The post …


MATLAB, Landsat 8, and AWS Public Data Sets » Steve on Image Processing

A few weeks ago, a fellow developer (Kelly Luetkemeyer) pulled me into his office to show me something he had been working on. It was very cool! Even


Start Using Landsat on AWS | AWS Official Blog

My colleague Jed Sundwall wrote the guest post below to show you how one of the newest AWS Public Data Sets is being put to use.

— Jeff;

You can now …

Landsat-live goes live

Today we’re releasing the first edition of Landsat-live, a map that is constantly refreshed with the latest satellite imagery from NASA’s Landsat 8 …


Do Plants Get Stressed?

I spent the last several months thinking about stress, not only because I was actively stressed over deadlines and the like, but also because I wrote the March Popular Science cover story on the subject. Last year, I did a similar piece on sleep, which spilled over to this blog as a series exploring …

Sentinel-2: Europe's 'Landsat' ready to picture Planet Earth

The lead spacecraft in Europe's new multi-billion-euro Earth observation (EO) programme is built and ready to go into orbit.

Sentinel-2a will take pictures of the planet's surface in visible and infrared light.

Its data will track everything from the growth of megacities to the variable yields of the …




By Julian Nettlefold

16 Oct 14. The Editor’s ‘Star Technology Pick’ of …

An Open Source Landsat Browser, Libra.

Libra is a fast image browser for previewing and downloading Landsat imagery. We work with a ton of imagery from our own internal archives and built …

Viewing the Earth From Space

Despite any political differences between the United States and Russia, the space agencies of the two countries continue their cooperative work in Earth's orbit, aboard the International Space Station. Apart from the research being done in microgravity, ISS crew members continue to send back …

Spire wants to improve weather forecasting with tiny satellites

Image copyright Spire.Will you need a raincoat or shorts tomorrow? Chances are the weather data you use to determine the answer comes from the …


This Company's Tiny Satellites Could Finally Make Weather Forecasting More Accurate

The East Coast's fake out blizzard this week could have been prevented—if forecasters had better data.

Earlier this week, the situation for New Yorkers looked dire. A blizzard was coming. Maybe the biggest blizzard in New York City's history. The subway was shut down for the first time ever because …

Ecologist's Airborne Scanners See The Forest And The Trees — All Of Them

In today's world it can be easy to feel like there's nothing left to discover, that all the blank bits of the map have long been filled. Gregory Asner begs to differ, and he's developed a lab in the sky to prove it.

In the Carnegie Airborne Observatory, Asner has designed a one-of-a-kind, ultra …

Environmental Movement

Planet Labs Nabs $95 Million And A New COO To Cover The Earth With Flocks Of Tiny Satellites

In less than five years since being founded, satellite startup Planet Labs has created a whole new way to do satellite imagery. Now that it’s proven out its model of deploying tiny satellites to circle the planet in low orbit, the company has brought on some additional capital and hired veteran …


Brazil sees "surprising" deforestation drop in Amazon

Brazil said deforestation in the Amazon rainforest has dropped by 18% in the past year.

Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira said the fall, for the year ending July 2014, meant deforestation was at its second lowest level in 25 years.

But campaigners say alternative monitoring shows an increase for …


Goce gravity map traces ocean circulation

Scientists have produced what they say is the most accurate space view yet of global ocean currents and the speed at which they move.

The information has been drawn from a range of satellites, but in particular from the European Space Agency's Goce mission.

This platform, which operated from 2009 to …