How the Future of Satellites Might Affect Life on Earth I NOVA Now


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In 2020, the world celebrated two decades of continuous human presence aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

As an orbiting laboratory that has provided astronauts with a view of Earth from outer space, the ISS may not seem very similar to more recent innovations like tiny CubeSats. But all of these devices are satellites: objects orbiting something larger than themselves. Satellites can be natural (like the Moon) or human-made (like the ISS).

Joined by two experts in this outer-worldly technology, host Alok Patel explores how satellites have shaped our understanding of the modern world, including NASA and USGS’ Landsat program’s effort to create a space-based record of the surface of the Earth, and what lies ahead at the intersection of justice and space.

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