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José Antonio Rodríguez Esteban

The observation of Earth from space: a history of mutual discovery

Humanities Conference Tuesday, October 29, 2019 19:30 hours Madrid

General information:

Venue: Fundación Ramón Areces. Calle Vitruvio, 5. 28006. Madrid.

Free admission. Necessary previous online registration. Limited capacity.  

It belongs to the Conferences cycle:  50 years since the Moon landing. History and stories of exploration of the space. 

In cooperation with:

Sociedad Geográfica Española

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The exploration of the space is one of the ultimate challenges for inquisitive spirits. If in the XIX century it was Africa and in the XX century was the Poles and the highest peaks , in the XXI century the frontier is the Space. It will be our next conquest and the objective of man and science to widen horizons and look for new resources. The investigation of Space has allowed us to get to know in depth planet Earth. But , will men return to the Moon? Are we about to discover new worlds where we will be able to live? After 50 years , what has space exploration taught us about our Planet Earth?  

This cycle of lectures gets together experts that will talk to us about the achievements of space exploration, a few anecdotes about its conquest, the new challenges in the study of the solar system and the new projects to conquer these spaces for man to use them. 

October 29, Conference:  "The observation of Earth from space: a history of mutual discovery ".  Thanks to the images and data of the Earth, taken by the instruments carried by the satellites, usually developed to the study of the space, it is possible to have, for the first time, a deep and global knowledge of the terrestrial system and of the changes that occur in it, putting to our disposition a new perspective of the relationship between the inhabitants of the Earth and its Planet in a decisive moment in which, for the first time, we have the ability to alter the entire Planet. In this mutual discovery the technologies of space go beyond the economic and cultural frontiers of nations and countries forcing us to make a joint effort to cooperate and train people.

Tuesday, October 29

19:00 h.

Attendee check-in

19:30 h.


Lola Escudero 
Secretaria General de la Sociedad Geográfica Española. 

19:40 h.

The observation of Earth from space: a history of mutual discovery

José Antonio Rodríguez Esteban 
Profesor de Técnicas Geoespaciales aplicadas a las Ciencias Ambientales en la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.


José Antonio Rodríguez Esteban is a lecturer at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in Geospatial Techniques applied to Environmental Sciences. He is an expert in spatial teledetection and SIG. He is responsible of the opening in the UAM of Copernicus Academy within the Copernicus Program of the ESA. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Spanish Geographical Society. 

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