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More than 30 years ago, human beings looked back from the Moon to see the magnificent spectacle of Earth-rise. The technology that put us into space has since been used to assess the damage we are doing to our natural environment and is now being harnessed to monitor and predict diseases through space and time. Satellite sensor data promise the development of early-warning systems for diseases such as malaria, which kills between 1 and 2 million people each year.

Original publication

DOI

10.1038/415710a

Type

Journal article

Journal

Nature

Publication Date

07/02/2002

Volume

415

Pages

710 - 715

Keywords

Animals, Anopheles, Environmental Monitoring, Epidemiologic Methods, Epidemiological Monitoring, Forecasting, Humans, Incidence, Insect Vectors, Malaria, Falciparum, Population Dynamics, Prevalence, Satellite Communications