Wel­come!

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Contents - Sheena Har­vey Ed­i­tor

R ecently I was en­thralled, watch­ing the progress of the In­Sight Mis­sion probe as it landed on the sur­face of Mars, and the pic­tures it sent back from a place that has fig­ured in so many sci-fi books and films I en­joyed as a child. The tech­nol­ogy that is giv­ing us views of an­other planet in our so­lar sys­tem has built on the amaz­ing de­vel­op­ment in satel­lites and op­ti­cal equip­ment of the last few decades. Those im­prove­ments in pic­ture qual­ity, and the abil­ity to zoom in from a long dis­tance away, are also giv­ing us un­prece­dented im­ages of wildlife on our own planet – as can be seen in the forth­com­ing BBC se­ries, Earth From Space. If you cou­ple stun­ning footage from satel­lites, drones and cam­er­a­work on the ground, with the rev­e­la­tions about an­i­mals’ be­hav­iour and char­ac­ter­is­tics that nat­u­ral­ists have un­cov­ered by ob­serv­ing the world and its in­hab­i­tants from 600km above their heads, you have a com­pelling rea­son to be glued to the TV on chilly win­ter evenings.

Find out more about new BBC se­ries Earth from Space on p18. Cape fur seals in Namibia are among the species spot­ted via amaz­ing satel­lite im­ages.

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