2012


Satellite Infrastructure Supports Middle East Media

Satellite communications play a very important role in developing nations, which often lack extensive ground-based infrastructure. In order to improve its broadcasting capabilities, Iraq is in the process of deploying new satellite television…

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Vatican Library Saved by Heavenly Technology

Governments also employ space technology to safeguard important and culturally significant artifacts. When the Vatican library needed to digitize antique books, it turned to a data format originally developed for storing astronomical data.…

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Astronomers Reach Out to Developing World

The importance of space as a driver for education also extends to other parts of the world. The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has begun implementing a strategic plan titled “Astronomy for the…

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NASA Helps with STEM-infused Learning

The space industry plays a vital role in supporting government, enabling education, and providing critical infrastructure. Particularly in developing countries, satellite services are able to meet communication needs in the absence of…

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Better, More Efficient, Solar Power

Space technology has also inspired innovative energy solutions. NASA’s Glenn Research Center is supporting two spinoff projects by the GreenField Solar and Entech Solar companies to develop advanced solar arrays for…

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Satellite Earth Observation Data Predict Drought

Drought conditions are a contributing factor to wildfires, but they also have their own environmental impact. The MODIS instruments on NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites observed a severe impact on plant growth from the…

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Monitoring Wildfires from Afar

Some of the same satellite-based sensors that helped to track Superstorm Sandy and generate maps of the resulting blackouts were used to monitor the devastating wildfires that affected many parts of…

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