Uganda has one of the highest rates of deforestation in the world. Using satellite images, researchers devised a plan to protect the trees.
Europe has launched a rocket from French Guyana to put a satellite into orbit designed to track global winds. The satellite is designed to enable improved weather forecasting and aid disaster relief operations.
There was a time when "space" meant "space race." And that time was during the Cold War. Now, space is a race to collaborate — and not just with the usual suspects, but with new players like China, India or South Africa.
China's ambitious space program could also be a chance for the European Space Agency to grow. The Europeans can't afford big projects such as Mars missions or building lunar bases on their own, says DW's Frank Sieren.
"Why build one when you can have two at twice the price?" So goes the famous line (and government potshot) in the sci-fi film "Contact." But sometimes, having two of something in space is far, far better than one.
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