NASA finds more evidence of water plumes on Europa

Europa’s water is acting up.

Stanford scientists map poverty… from outer space

Researchers have developed a method to identify impoverished areas using free information from satellite imagery.

Planet Earth got hold of a new companion, and it’s here to stay

Not much bigger than an apartment building, 2016 HO3 has been confirmed as Earth’s newest satellite.

The Pentagon is investing heavily to protect its ‘space real estate’

Both civilian and military applications have become heavily reliant on digital communications, which in turn are dependent on space hardware like satellites. If only two decades ago, only the biggest companies or wealthy governments could afford to launch permanent or semi-permanent satellites. Today, satellites are smaller, better and cheaper than they ever were, which is why there are more than 1,100 active satellites orbiting the planet. However, they’re as vulnerable as ever, too.

NASA just made 3 million Earth images available at no cost

The first Earth Observing System (EOS) satellite called Terra (previously AM-1) was launched on December 18, 1999. ASTER data contributes to a wide array of global change-related application areas including vegetation and ecosystem dynamics, hazard monitoring, geology and soils, hydrology, and land cover change. It’s also perfect background material for your home PC. But it’s not just pretty pictures that NASA

No, the Nile hasn’t turned blood red

It always baffles me how some publish completely misleading clickbait titles.

SpaceX has clean satellite launch, but crashing landing

It was a bittersweet moment for SpaceX, as the space flight company successfully launched a communications satellite to a distant orbit but failed to land the remnants safely. This wasn’t completely unexpected though, as this was more a way to test the waters for the next launch. After a bunch of frustrating delays, SpaceX successfully launched a communications satellite to a

Eyes up above: you can’t lie satellite imagery

A couple decades ago, satellite were solely the provision of governments, since they were the only ones that could afford launching billions dollars worth of tech into space. Slowly but surely, corporations hitched a ride and now, when an imaging satellite can fit in the palm of your hand and costs only a fraction it used to, small enterprises are flourishing. Along with them is innovation.

Musk seeks permission from the FCC to test his ambitious space internet

Later last year, ZME Science revealed that one of Elon Musk’s top priorities in the future is deploying a massive fleet of micro-satellites into Earth’s low orbit to provide internet and mobile data. The plan is to serve internet to billions in the developing world, but to do so the service needs to be very, very cheap. At the same time, while launching thousands of satellites into space doesn’t sound particularly cheap, but if there’s any company good at launching cargo into space affordably that’s SpaceX. This isn’t exactly a pipe dream, and Musk seems very serious about it considering he just filled an official request to the FCC to gain permission for a test of the satellite internet, according to the Washington Post.

Let it Go! – NASA Almost Ready to Start Mapping Frozen Soil

With spring starting to settle in, snow is likely the last thing on people’s minds – but NASA is taking snow really seriously. They want to put satellites in orbit to understand how the frozen lands in the polar areas are developing and adapting to climate change.

Inflatable antennas in space add further leverage to tiny CubeSats

The CubeSat is a revolutionizing miniaturized communications satellite only 10x10x10 cm. Because of its tiny size and weight, these satellites can be launched at a much lower cost. Some 50 to 60 CubeSats have been launched in the past 15 years since they were first developed at the California State Polytechnic University, most of which were simply ferried along with

A journey with Landsat from Russia’s far north to Africa’s southern tip in 16 minutes

Since its deployment in 1972 the Landsat satellite has provided invaluable and permanent imaging of Earth along its orbit. Like an ever faithful watchdog, the satellite has helped  people working in agriculture, geology, forestry, peacekeeping, regional planning and land-use change who have made good use of the images it has provided. If you’ve ever wondered what a view from this legendary

NASA gives green light for Landsat launch

NASA’s Landsat Data Continuity Mission spacecraft aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket is cleared for flight, and with the weather forecasts remaining excellent, it seems everything is set for the launch. The Landsat satellite operations began all the way back in 1972, providing a huge amount of useful satellite information. This eight generation model however brings some major

Satellite images hint to volcano eruptions allowing for remote forecasting

In a groundbreaking study, researchers at University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science used satellite imagery to study volcanic eruptions from the past years in Indonesia’s west Sunda arc, a highly active volcanic region. Their findings show that images of inflating magma balloons hint towards impending volcanic eruptions in one in two cases, on average. Considering these deformations can

Today marks 55 years since Sputnik’s iconic orbit

Precisely today, October 4, 55 years ago one of the most important milestones in human spaceflight took place. Then, the first ever artificial satellite, the soviet Sputnik, was launched into space and into Earth’s orbit, signaling the start of the space race, while also sparking an unprecedented support for sciences in American schools. As the huge 184 pounds Sputnik flew

The sun has the closest geometry to the perfect sphere found in nature

The sun has been extensively studied by astronomers for the last 50 years. While previous research suggested that the the sun is slightly  sun bulged a bit around the middle , making it very slightly flying-saucer shaped,  new measurements however taken by a satellite  suggest that its shape is the closest to that of a perfect sphere in nature. Previously, a

“Space Janitor” satellite announced to clean-up space debris

There are currently an estimated 19,000 individual space debris swirling around Earth’s orbit at 17,000 miles/hour, posing great threat to current active satellites, telescopes, future launches in orbit, the International Space Station and even astronauts out on space walks. It’s very clear that something must be done, before the Earth gets one of its own Saturn-like rings, but made of

The Blue Marble: the most stunning, high-res photo of the Earth

A while ago NASA launched its next generation weather satellite, the Suomi NPP satellite, into low-orbit, on a mission to  collect critical data set to improve short-term weather forecasts and increase understanding of long-term climate change. Besides, valuable scientific measurements, the NPP satellite also provides some incredible glimpses of our planet in great detail. We showed you one of the first pictures

New satellite gets INSANELY high-resolution picture of Earth

Less than a month ago, on the 28th of October, the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Preparatory Project (NPP) satellite launched into low-Earth with the main purpose of observing our planet’s environment and climate, some 800 km above our planet. Here you can see one of its first pictures, and what a picture it is! What’s that you say,

Next generation NASA satellite set to improve weather forecast

This Friday morning NASA will upgrade its climate and weather observatory capabilities, when it’s set to launch a new, high-end satellite via a United Launch Alliance Delta 2 rocket, which promises to significantally improve weather forecast and offer a significant leap forward to authorities in the face of calamities. The project, lengthy dubbed the National Polar-Orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Preparatory