Egmont National Park, New Zealand

Egmont National Park on New Zealand’s North Island is pictured in this satellite image. 

National parks protect forested areas from human activities that cause land degradation and deforestation. The boundary between protected and non-protected areas is often very clear in satellite images – as we see here between the green, densely forested area and surrounding agricultural landscape.

The land here was first formally protected in 1881, within a 9.6 km radius of the mountain summit.

With high rainfall and a mild coastal climate, the park is home to a lush rainforest, with some plants unique to the park. Halfway up the mountain slopes, the forest is sometimes called the ‘Goblin Forest’ for its gnarled trees and thick moss.

The mountain at the centre of the national park has two names: Mount Egmont and Mount Taranaki. Taranaki is the original name given by the indigenous Māori people, while the name Egmont was given by British explorer James Cook after John Perceval, 2nd Earl of Egmont in 1770. Many places in New Zealand have official dual names or, as in this case, alternate names in the original Māori and English (following colonisation by the British).

The mountain is considered an active volcano, although it has been dormant for over 150 years.

According to Māori mythology, Taranaki used to reside over 100 km farther east near other large volcanoes when a fight broke out over the female Mount Pihanga. Taranaki lost and fled west, carving the gorges of the Whanganui River along the way before stopping. When the mountain peak is covered by clouds and mist, it is believed that Taranaki is weeping for Pihanga.

This image, also featured on the Earth from Space video programme, was acquired on 6 March 2013 by Korea’s Kompsat-2 satellite.

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3D-printed deployment mechanism

While this might look like a postmodern sculpture, this weirdly organic design is actually a 3D-printed deployment mechanism for satellite solar panels. This prototype titanium version, by Thales Alenia Space, is called the Adel’Light, being a lightweight version of their existing Adele mechanism.

The 3D-printed version slashes the number of separate parts needed and reduces its mass by 80%. The spiral hinges in the foreground cannot be produced as a single part in any other way.

The device was on show this week during ESA’s Additive Manufacturing for Space Applications workshop at its ESTEC technical centre in Noordwijk, the Netherlands. More than 350 experts from across Europe came together to discuss the potential of 3D printing to transform the space industry and begin preparing common standards for its use.

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Satellites are delivered for Arianespace’s next Soyuz mission at the service of O3b Networks

Three of the four satellites for O3b Networks' next flight to "bridge the digital divide" have been delivered to French Guiana, where they will be readied for an Arianespace Soyuz launch planned for December 18.

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Satellites are delivered for Arianespace’s next Soyuz mission at the service of O3b Networks

Three of the four satellites for O3b Networks' next flight to "bridge the digital divide" have been delivered to French Guiana, where they will be readied for an Arianespace Soyuz launch planned for December 18.

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Satellites are delivered for Arianespace’s next Soyuz mission at the service of O3b Networks

Three of the four satellites for O3b Networks' next flight to "bridge the digital divide" have been delivered to French Guiana, where they will be readied for an Arianespace Soyuz launch planned for December 18.

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