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How space travel helps find food and water, tectonic activity on Ceres, and why the Moon might be a planet...

17 Nov 2015, 09:52 UTC
How space travel helps find food and water, tectonic activity on Ceres, and why the Moon might be a planet...
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Hi all, some real life tasks I've been putting off have reached the point where I need to deal with them, so I'm taking a few days break. I should be back early next week. John. Using space resources to watch our crops..... While it hasn't got the 'wow' factor of landing on Mars, or figuring out how to build habitats on the Moon, this is a good demonstration of how space as a resource can improve lives here on Earth: Stanford researchers have hit upon a novel way to monitor the growth of crops from space using solar-induced fluorescence, a type of light only emitted by growing plants.Above: A video rundown of the new crop monitoring system. Courtesy of Stanford University. ...and find drinkable water.Along a very similar vein: India is launching four more 'Indian Regional Navigation Satellite Systems'  in the first quarter of the next academic year. So far India has benefited hugely from its space program, which has found sites for wells, warned of approaching tropical storms, helped disaster relief, and  guided fishermen to their catch.Under new definition the Moon would be a planet.The never ending argument over what constitutes a planet goes on, with one interesting twist: ...

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