There is a U.S. flag on the Moon, but in the future, countries may start to turn access to the Moon and asteroids into serious wealth.
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Current trends suggest that powerful nations are defining the rules of resource use in space and satellite access in ways that will make it hard for developing nations to ever catch up.
NASA’s Landsat satellites have been monitoring changes on Earth’s landscape for 50 years.
When Indigenous peoples lose their river flow to dams, satellite programs like Landsat can help them fight for their resources.
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Anti-satellite weapons could fill Earth’s orbit with space junk and make it unusable for military and civilian purposes
High speed trains like this one in Casablanca, Morocco, will benefit from satellite communication support.
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Africa’s outer space programme can help the continent meet its other flagship goals.
Shrinking satellites are making it cheaper and more accessible to do science in space.
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The future of Australia’s space efforts will hinge on coordination between defence, industry and universities.
Typical amounts of solar particles hitting the earth’s magnetosphere can be beautiful, but too much could be catastrophic.
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Every few centuries the sun blasts the Earth with a huge amount of high-energy particles. If it were to happen today, it would wreak havoc on technology.
Could Russia crash the ISS?
From harming satellites to crashing the ISS, the Ukraine war could soon extend to space.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, listens to Russian Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin during a meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia on Feb. 20, 2021.
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The impact of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine reaches into outer space, as Russia threatens to stop co-operating on supplying and participating in space missions.
The Sun occasionally ejects large amounts of energy and particles into space that can smash into Earth.
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Space weather can affect satellites in a number of different ways, from frying electronics to increasing drag in the atmosphere.
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari (L) and South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa perhaps need to extend their hand shakes into the outer space.
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Nigeria-South Africa bi-national commission is a laudable initiative but missing the space cooperation element.
Damaged radar arrays and other equipment is seen at a Ukrainian military facility outside Mariupol, Ukraine, Feb. 24, 2022.
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As war begins between Ukraine and Russia, a range of stories provides context to help readers understand the conflict.
A DIY satellite ground station in London, UK.
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With an antenna, a laptop and some software, you can take a picture of Earth from space.
Mountain glaciers are under threat from global warming.
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Glaciers in North America, Europe and the Andes, in particular, have significantly less ice than people realized.
The volcano shortly before its eruption.
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A phenomenon first theorized over 200 years ago is also a telltale sign of nuclear tests.
It’s important to have satellites collecting data about Africa, for Africa.
The nanosatellite constellation will detect, monitor and identify foreign vessels within the country’s maritime borders.
Starlink satellites are quite visible in the night sky.
Megaconstellations of satellites will visually clutter the night sky, disrupting astronomical research. And the environmental damage caused by these satellites is still unknown.
Australia’s bushfire response relies on foreign satellites, which are not designed to assess our highly flammable eucalypt-clad landscapes.
The International Space Station is a great example of how space has, for the most part, been a peaceful and collaborative international arena.
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Activities in space today are far more numerous and complicated compared to 1967, before humans had landed on the moon or Elon Musk had been born. Two experts explain the need for better laws to keep space peaceful.
Space debris produced by anti-satellite weapons can have dangerous consequences.
Russia’s testing of an anti-satellite weapon risked the life of astronauts on the International Space Station and could have astronomical impacts on Earth.