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7 ways satellites help us stay healthy


Did you know satellites help keep us healthy? From measuring air pollution and monitoring air quality to identifying risk locations for diseases carried by mosquitos and ticks, here are just 7 of the many ways satellites contribute to our health. (Credit: Canadian Space Agency)

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  • Measure air pollution and monitor air quality
  • Find urban areas where vulnerable populations are exposed to extreme heat
  • Provide timely response and guide ground interventions during major epidemics such as Ebola
  • Improve access to health care in remote regions via telemedicine
  • Identify risk locations for diseases carried by mosquitos and ticks
  • Monitor water quality in recreational waters
  • Observe ozone depletion and UV radiation, which can cause cancer

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