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A new analysis of NASA satellite data shows Africa's Congo rainforest, the second- largest tropical rainforest in the world, has undergone a large-scale decline in greenness over the past decade.

Herding Animals From Space

Satellites see defined lines of nomadic pastoralism in one of the world's poorest countries.
Landlocked in western Africa, Niger is one of the world's poorest nations. With less than 4% of the country's land arable and prone to drought, food security is a major concern for the population of over 17 million.

At a NASA teleconference today NASA released a report from the Science Definition Team (SDT) on the objectives of the NASA Mars 2020 Rover. The SDT team outlined four objectives.

Nigeria Reaches for the Stars

Nigeria's space program is reputed to be one of Africa's largest, with three satellites in orbit and an ambitious plan to send the first African astronaut into space by 2015. Critics say space dreams are a waste of money in a country wracked by poverty, insecurity and environmental disasters. But space officials say even if the program is in its beginning stages, it is already helping to address some of these problems.

Space, the final frontier, and one that African nations have largely left unexplored. But with the emergence of space agencies around the continent, some intrepid space-gazers are studying ways to boldly go where few Africans have gone before.

Dust Plumes Off of Namibia

Dust plumes blew off the coast of Namibia in early May 2013. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Terra satellite captured this natural-color image on May 5, 2013. Parallel plumes blew toward the southwest, many of them coalescing into larger plumes over the Atlantic Ocean.

The border region of southern Kenya and northern Tanzania - with a small portion of south eastern Uganda - is pictured in this Envisat image. Lake Victoria straddles all three countries.

Pale green patterns tinted the water along the Namibian coast in late February 2012. But unlike other bright hues that occasionally show up in the ocean, these colors didn't result from a phytoplankton bloom.

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