Huge ice caps and seething volcanoes collide in Iceland. If that already sounds spectacular, then stunning pictures from the European Space Agency's satellites will make it look even more impressive from space.
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.
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.
"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.
Climate change is a global threat. So where to get the best perspective on the problem? Space! Scientists are monitoring Earth with satellites and running experiments in zero gravity to help save our fragile planet.
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