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Earth: better understanding it to better protect it


Uploaded on April 22, 2021


Earth: better understanding it to better protect it

2021-04-22 – We’re paying tribute to all those who have put their skills and creativity to good use in the field of space-based Earth observation. Satellites orbiting our planet help us better see and understand Earth in order to better protect it. (Credits: Canadian Space Agency, Bristol Aerospace, MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA), NASA, University of Saskatchewan, Maxar Technologies, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Communications Research Centre Canada)

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Narrator: Earthrise.

An iconic photo, taken in 1968, that changed the world.

This photo inspired 50 years of images of our planet and is credited with helping launch the environmental movement.

It showed Earth as it had never been seen before—fragile and isolated—both insignificant from a cosmic perspective and critical from a human perspective.

Since the 1960s, Canada has participated in efforts to observe Earth from space.

Earth observation satellites

Canadian instruments and other elements on international satellites

Science satellites and spacecraft

For all these years, Canadian satellite expertise has allowed us to collect essential information about oceans, ice, land mass and the atmosphere.

Earth observation satellites help us monitor and protect our environment, manage our resources, and ensure the safety and security of Canadians.

This Earth Day, let’s celebrate our planet!

Let’s celebrate all those who have used their skills and creativity to put satellites into orbit around our planet, allowing us to better understand it and protect it.

Let’s celebrate the progress we’ve made over the past 60 years thanks to so many visionaries, engineers, scientists and decision makers!


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