A new study founded by NASA and published on November 11 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows a 13-year decline in vegetation in the eastern and southeastern Amazon. While the decline was small, the area affected encompassed 5.4 million square kilometres, equivalent to over half the area of continental United States.
NASA satellites were fundamental in the study and were used to measure the "greenness" of the vegetation in the Amazon. Moreover, they were used in a new and innovative way.
Chinese and Brazilian officials have announced their intention to deepen their cooperation in satellite development and applications. The space-based collaboration between both nations has already been fruitful in various fields, including remote sensing and
China will launch about 70 remote sensing satellites to detect the near-Earth space environment and predict extreme events, according to Yang Baohua, deputy general manager of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.
The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has announced that it will launch its next rocket PSLV C23 carrying the French remote sensingsatellite SPOT 7, along with four others from Sriharikota spaceport at the end of June.
After the 7.0 magnitude earthquake which shook southwest China's Sichuan Province on Saturday morning, the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Chengdu Military Area Command (MAC) set up for quake rescue and relief.