Google’s Project Loon uses high altitude navigable balloons to deliver internet to rural and remote areas.
Tech companies such as SpaceX, Facebook, Google and Microsoft are competing to bring internet to areas without access in the developing world. And that's a problem.
The ISS sees us on Earth, but look up at night and you may see it, too.
A couple thousand satellites are orbiting Earth right now. Under the right conditions, your naked eye can spot these human-made objects in the night sky.
Dust storms in the Gulf of Alaska, captured by NASA’s Aqua satellite.
There are more satellites than ever before, orbiting Earth and collecting data that's crucial for scientists. Why do some nations choose not to share that data openly?
A coronal mass ejection erupts from the sun in 2012.
The wired Earth of the 21st century is at the mercy of the volatile nature of the sun.
China’s Tiangong-1 space station is due to hit Earth, and Australia is in the crash landing zone.
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China's Tiangong-1 space station is hurtling around Earth out of control and about to come crashing down. It's just one of thousands of pieces of space junk left orbiting our planet.
People stroll along Moshoeshoe Street in Emfuleni.
By expanding our understanding of streets and enhancing their design, every street corner could become a space to socialise, to exercise, to play, or to trade.
One of the Vanguard satellites being checked out at Cape Canaveral, Florida in 1958.
When Vanguard 1 – the "grapefruit satellite" – was launched in 1958, its only companions were Explorer 1 and Sputnik 2. Soon it may have thousands of descendants swarming around it.
Images created by NASA with satellite data helped the U.S. Department of Agriculture analyze outbreak patterns for southern pine beetles in Alabama, in spring 2016.
Big data open-access publishing and other advances offer ecologists the ability to forecast events like pest outbreaks over days and seasons rather than decades. But scholars need to seize this opportunity.
Artist’s view of Aqua, a NASA satellite in orbit around the Earth since 2002 that studies the water cycle.
Several satellites have been launched in recent years with the objective of measuring data related to climate change. They must be complementary to measurements made on earth.
Three new reports examine Australia’s existing space capabilities, set them in the light of international developments, and identify growth areas and models for Australia to pursue.
Space is becoming cheaper, more attractive to investors and increasingly important in our data-rich economy. It's time Australia mapped a path forward.
Nothing to stop high energy weapons being deployed in orbit around Earth.
Australia is playing a major role in developing legal guidelines that would govern how any war in space is played out. The authors of MILAMOS hope the manual is never actually required.
Right now there are more than 20,000 objects in space.
By taking on the role as leader in space traffic management, Australia can gain international power and exploit commercial opportunities.
The Earth has a powerful magnetic field.
A strange patch of extremely strong magnetic field occurred over Jordan in 1000BC. Could we be about to face another one?
Carbon dioxide flux over China, measured by NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 satellite.
New data from a NASA satellite show in unprecedented detail the flow of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Future satellites should even be able to detect the signatures of individual power stations.
Each year satellite images and maps show patterns linked to land use/cover change.
A new approach to monitor changes to the earth's surface uses maps that consist of physical and human geographic data to explain what's changed.
Without satellites, modern technologies such mobiles phones and GPS would not exist.
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We've all seen videos of satellites being blasted off into space - but once they're locked in orbit around the earth, how do we bring them back down?
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.
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Telecom operators increasingly struggle to find “parking spots” for their satellites in outer space.
The Telstar 1 satellite inspired a chart-topping pop tune, the iconic black-and-white hexagonal Adidas soccer ball, and maybe even a Doctor Who creature, the Mecanoids.
National Physical Laboratory
Protecting culturally significant spacecraft enables people on Earth to feel connected to space as the common heritage of humanity.
The NASA satellite Landsat-8 collects frequent global multispectral imagery of the Earth’s surface.
Weather forecasting, bushfire management, power and water supply: Australia relies on earth observations to the tune of A$5 billion a year. But we have very little control over the data we get.