A girl takes a close look at the world’s first artificial.
satellite, the Soviet-made Sputnik I.
Our fascination with space shows no signs of slowing down, 60 years after the Soviet Union launched the world's first satellite, Sputnik.
NASA Earth Science Division operating missions, including systems managed by NOAA and USGS.
NASA Earth Observing System
President Trump's 2018 budget request cuts funding for NASA Earth observation research and cancels four missions. Weather forecasters, businesses, scientists and the armed forces rely on this data.
Fields showing little signs of plant emergence at a late stage of the season, indicating a near total crop loss in Zimbabwe.
Satellite rainfall data can be used to predict harsh climate events – and to identify food-insecure populations before disaster strikes.
This doesn’t happen very often. But the Bureau of Meteorology is getting much better at predicting when it will.
AAP Image/NEWZULU/BILL SHRAPNEL
Moaning about weather forecasts is almost an Australian national pastime. But weather predictions have improved a lot, and with a new satellite and supercomputer, they are about to get even more reliable.