Trucking along

TRUCKING ALONG

To prevent international humanitarian aid from entering the country, Venezuelan authorities had barricaded the Tienditas bridge with concrete barriers and fencing, according to satellite images. However, two shipping containers and a tanker truck apparently arrived recently, appearing in images from Feb. 11.
 

WELCOME TO THE WATCH

A surge in the number of Earth-observing satellites, along with improvements in algorithms that can interpret the deluge of data they provide, are putting modern slavery under a spotlight. “You can’t see slavery directly, but you can infer it.” Boyd estimates that one-third of all slavery is visible from space, whether in the scars of kilns or illegal mines or the outlines of transient fish processing camps.
 

IS IT A BIRD? IS IT A SATELLITE?

The co-creator of Google Maps and current Salesforce president Bret Taylor decided that Feb. 23, 2019 was a perfectly good time to blow all our damn minds. He related the story of how Google Maps' Satellite was almost called 'Bird Mode.' Also, the pictures aren't all from satellites.
 

BURN, BABY, BURN

“You’re looking at a map showing where things are being burned,” says Laura Mazzaro. The data mapped comes from the Sentinel 5P satellite — an ESA satellite that monitors the atmosphere. Combined with the nitrogen dioxide shining over the cities, those traces along otherwise dark portions of the map offer a clear picture of the ways humans affect the air everywhere on the globe.
 

JOURNEY TO SPACE EXHIBIT AT THE WATERLOO REGION MUSEUM

Experience what it is like to be on board the International Space Station and try your hand at some of the feats of engineering that support the astronauts who live there. Journey to Space will give you a glimpse of the challenges and triumphs of space exploration. Discover what is possible and what awaits in orbit and beyond. 

This exhibit is an incredible and unforgettable hands-on and climb-aboard adventure for all ages. The Journey to Space exhibit was produced by the Science Museum of Minnesota and the California Science Center with support from NASA.

Head to their website for more information.

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