Chinese officials said on Friday they intend to widen use of the Beidou satellite network, which already has 16 satellites serving the Asia-Pacific and has been promoted here as an alternative to the American Global Positioning System (GPS).
It sounds like the Chinese are making major strides toward some very impressive space exploration goals. Isn't it about time that we have an international space agency that pools the experience and technology from the whole world?
The Living Planet Symposium has come to a close in Edinburgh, and a week of talking about past, present and future satellite missions, as well as the scientific challenges facing us, has prepared Earth observation for a new chapter.
Reaching a height of 4 to 5 kilometers feet), the plume of ash from Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull Volcano rises above a sea of clouds in this image. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured the image on May
"The multiple roles of soils often go unnoticed. Soils don’t have a voice, and few people speak out for them. They are our silent ally in food production." José Graziano da Silva, FAO Director-General 2015 International Year of