Satellites are blessings to mankind in the true sense. NASA has been continuously striving to launch the satellite for the betterment of the environment and to understand future aspects. The American space agency not only employs a larger number of people themselves but also helps other aerospace companies to employ them.

NASA Missions Save Lives on Earth: NASA's current (as of October 2018) Earth-observing satellite fleet with launch dates
How NASA Missions Save Lives on Earth: NASA’s current Earth-observing satellite fleet with launch dates
(as of October 2018). Image: NASA

Satellites have helped in environmental monitoring, weather forecast, and ozone monitoring. It gives the data of the annual rainfall and the possible landslides helping the people to prepare for the same. Artificial Satellites were first launched in 1957, followed by many satellites in the last 60 years. There are approximately 1400 artificial satellites that are operational today. These satellites help in multiple ways by using their height for giving a view of our blue planet.

NASA also funds a lot of research in the aero science field, for developing different satellites such as geostationary satellites that orbit around the earth to give information regarding weather and it also helps in predicting natural disasters in the future.

NASA has many space programmes for different missions and uses. For instance, satellites that collect the expected rainfall help farmers plan their plantations.

Apollo Program launched in 1960 helped in starting the environmental environment. NASA also helped in California’s wildfire response, as the damage was mapped with the help of satellites in space.

NASA Missions Save Lives

These satellites have also helped in predicting hurricanes and saving the lives of many people. It also helps in seeing the changes in the earth’s atmosphere, the effects of pollution on the global climate, etc. NASA satellites were helpful in predicting tsunamis and were also used in viewing maps and images during volcanic eruptions. It also helps in locating the areas hit by a hurricane and viewing the damage done by the same. These hurricanes are predicted well in advance which helps people to take the necessary steps to be safe in such natural calamities.

We should appreciate the work done by NASA and support them in strengthening their network. This, in the end, is going to help us. We should understand the importance and indispensability of the space program as these programs help us in making our lives better.

These satellites have also been useful in times of natural disaster to provide an instant response by sending an emergency kit. If there were no satellites how would one know the needs of those stuck in a natural calamity? The satellites have proved to be useful for social causes. People have benefitted from these satellites by learning different techniques for life survival such as CPR through satellite communications.

Can you imagine your life without GPS in an unknown area? Or the paramedics that help and rescue people during the natural calamity. If there were no satellite or GPS images, all this wouldn’t be possible at all. Locating any place on your phone is easy because of the space program and the efforts done by the team of NASA.

The only importance is not only the GPS but there are also many such programs that we as the people are not probably aware of. But there are efforts from their end to launch such satellites that make sure we live in a safe and healthy environment. Try to think about an important issue for example ozone layer depletion, knowing the cause and the phenomenon itself would have been very difficult if such space programs weren’t there.

We should extend our support and invest in the same to make this planet safer for the survival of upcoming generations.

Priyanka Ramrakhiani
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