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Using Satellites to Track Carbon Emissions Is On the Horizon click button

Using Satellites to Track Carbon Emissions Is On the Horizon

By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer

Soon it will be possible to precisely track carbon emissions anywhere on the planet by satellite.  Carbon Mapper, a new nonprofit, plans to launch its first two satellites in 2023, which they hope will be joined by a “constellation” of other satellites two years later. 

Why This Matters: These satellites would be able to detect methane and carbon emissions, giving people a potent tool to hold emitters accountable — just like pollution monitors on the ground might.

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One Cool Thing: Blue Dunes on the Red Planet?

One Cool Thing: Blue Dunes on the Red Planet?

It’s hard to keep up with all the cool NASA news from the Mars mission.  Last week, they released these stunning images of an area about 19 miles (30 kilometers) wide in Mars’ northern polar cap region taken by NASA’s Mars Odyssey orbiter nearly 20 years ago, but now seen with color enhancement.  The colors are […]

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NASA Earth Science to “Meet the Moment”

NASA Earth Science to “Meet the Moment”

This op/ed was originally featured in SpaceNews on March 30th and has been reprinted with their and the author’s permission.  By Nancy Colleton Small businesses and large multinational corporations face incredible challenges and uncertainty in today’s world. Whether an uncertain economy, continuing impact of a pandemic, or the rapidly changing natural environment of water scarcity, ecosystem […]

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Experts Are Uncovering Mars’ Secrets, but Humans Could Be the Next Life Found on Mars

Experts Are Uncovering Mars’ Secrets, but Humans Could Be the Next Life Found on Mars

Experts are finally uncovering the secrets of Mars; new spacecraft, research, and data are helping NASA and other space agencies fill in gaps in knowledge about the potential for life on the red planet. 

Why This Matters: For decades, scientists have explored the idea of placing humans on Mars for research not only on the planet itself but on its potential to sustain human life.

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NASA Names 27 Asteroids After Black, Hispanic, and Native American Astronauts

NASA Names 27 Asteroids After Black, Hispanic, and Native American Astronauts

NASA has named 27 asteroids in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter after Black, Hispanic, and Native American astronauts to recognize their contributions and inspire a new generation of potential space explorers. Among those honored include Stephanie Wilson, Joan Higginbotham, Ed Dwight Jr., José Hernández, and John Herrington.  

Why this Matters:  NASA, like many American industries, has struggled with diversity — only 18 Black astronauts have gone to space.

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Scientists Test Solar Panel that Beams Power to Earth from Space

Scientists Test Solar Panel that Beams Power to Earth from Space

Pentagon scientists have successfully tested a small solar panel that, when launched into space, can collect solar power and beam it to any place on earth. The special panel is called a Photovoltaic Radiofrequency Antenna Module (PRAM) and was launched last May attached to a drone that circles the earth once every 90 minutes. If scaled up, scientists say that these orbital solar panels could work 24/7 and collect more sunlight than those on earth, and provide power to remote areas of the globe and major power grids alike.

Why This Matters: Along with hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, and other natural disasters, climate change will also be increasing power outages. This new technology could play a role in reducing power outages and creating a globally connected power grid.

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