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Ecuador's Mountains Look Beautiful From Space

It may look more like modern art, but you're actually looking at a the highlands of Ecuador seen from the European Space Agency's Envisat. Read More >>

This Little Mi-Fi Can Get You Online Anywhere in the World

Look at this little guy. Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, but powerful enough to enable you to make phone calls, text, and use data virtually anywhere in the world. Even on the peaks of remote mountains or in the middle of uninhabited deserts, thanks to the magic of satellites. Read More >>

Outernet Satellite Network Promises "BitTorrent From Space" or Global Wi-Fi for Everyone

The Outernet concept promises to bring a one-way internet stream to the entire world, with a constellation of tiny cube satellites used to broadcast a handpicked collection of news, software and resources to anyone able to point their phones at the sky. It's Pages from Ceefax for the next generation. Read More >>

How Your Christmas Presents Were Shipped—As Seen in Clouds From Space

Ever wondered how massive amounts of stuff gets moved around the world? iPhones from China, sweaters from Bangladesh, chocolates from Switzerland—they all make the transcontinental journey in containers stacked like Lego on cargo ships. And these ships can seed their own clouds, tracing out their paths across the sea. Read More >>

The Chilling Geometry of Every US Military Base Seen From Space

The United States military is everywhere. It's so big that it's hard to quantify just how massive it is—any number used to describe it is so large that it defies the understanding of an ordinary human brain. Which is why artist Josh Begley skips the numbers and goes straight to the visuals with this chilling map, which catalogues every U.S. military base in the world. Read More >>

How the Gaia Telescope Will Scan the Entire Sky

When the Gaia space telescope launches next week, it's going to attempt the biggest astronomy project of all time: it will try and scan the entire sky, capturing images of at least a billion stars in our galaxy. Read More >>

Britain's Next-Gen Global Xpress Broadband Satellites Pop Into Space

The first of London-based Inmarsat's Global Xpress satellites has launched from the Baikonaur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, with the aim being to provide a faster global network of broadband for governments, businesses, ships and aeroplanes by the end of 2014. Read More >>

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This is What Deforestation Looks Like From Space

The city of Boca do Acre is a beautiful place to live, almost completely covered by the Amazon Rainforest—for now. Because you shouldn't be fooled by the pretty colours in this image: it actually reveals the rapid rate of deforestation in the area. Read More >>

The Red Planet's Deep Valleys in Kaleidoscopic Color

Do not adjust your monitor: Mars hasn't really been given a rainbow paint job. In fact, this image is a colour-coded topography showing the heights and depths of the planet's Ismeniae Fossae region. Read More >>

This Is What the Hottest Place on Earth Looks Like

You're looking at a satellite image of the Dasht-e Lut salt desert in southeast Iran. If you think it looks a bit weird, that' because it is: it's widely regarded as the hottest place on Earth. Read More >>

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This Is What a 2,000-Pound Satellite Falling to Earth Looks Like

At the start of this week, the European Space Agency's Gravity Field and Steady-State Ocean Circulation Explorer satellite (GOCE) fell to Earth. This is what it looked like as it happened. Read More >>

Typhoon Haiyan Even Looks Terrifying From 22,000 Miles Away

Haiyan was probably the strongest recorded typhoon to ever make landfall when it crashed through the Philippines on November 8th—and it looks just as intimidating from 22,000 miles away. Read More >>

Falling Soon Through a Sky Near You -- This Satellite

It's what the New York Times calls "the latest in a parade of spacecraft falling from the sky": the imminent crash of the European Space Agency's Gravity Field and Steady-State Ocean Circulation Explorer satellite (or GOCE). Read More >>

A Full View of the Gigantic Asteroid Vesta

At 330 miles in diameter, Vesta is the second largest object in the asteroid belt. NASA's Dawn spacecraft has been orbiting it for some time now, but it's finally generated an image which shows the asteroid in all its glory. Read More >>

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This Dried-Up Salt Lake Lets Satellites Set Their White Balance

This image shows a great white expanse on the surface of Earth, but it's not snow or super-fine sand: in fact, it's a dried up salt lake in Turkey called Lake Tersakan — and satellites even use it as a calibration tool. Read More >>

This Is What Photosynthesis Looks Like From Space

Plants grown and sustain themselves through photosynthesis — a seemingly invisible process that converts sunlight into energy. Now, NASA scientists have developed a way to measure photosynthesis from satellites with unprecedented detail. Read More >>


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