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Eye in the sky – using satellites to better manage natural resources

08 February 2019

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Looking up towards the stars at night, the sky can give the impression of being empty and infinite. In reality, space is getting more and more crowded every day.

According to the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, there are currently 4,857 satellites orbiting the planet. Among them are two Sentinel-2 satellites, part of a space-borne mission provided by the Copernicus European Earth Observation programme. The two satellites visit the same spot on Earth every two to five days, depending on the location.

Source: United Nations Environment Programme

Image credit: Elsy Ibrahim - A restored mining site in Bajo Cauca region.

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