45 years ago last summer, humans finally broke the bounds of gravity. We were focused on the stars, but something remarkable happened along the way. An unexpected revelation – the beauty of the Earth - changed everything. Since then, folks from Belarus to Brazil have launched hundreds of observation satellites, revealing the secrets of the Earth. That’s how we know when El Nino is coming, where Japan got hit by a Tsunami, and who’s awake tonight.
Now Google has paid $500 million for the satellite imaging company Skybox, whch can tell how much oil is being pumped and how many tons are getting shipped. But NASA continues to launch its own satellites, like the new OCO2, which can see how much carbon dioxide is piling up in the atmosphere.
For more, see This Planet Chronicle's post: 45 Years On.