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Morocco Just Launched Its First Spy Satellite

Morocco launched and observational satellite on Wednesday to monitor military activity, surveillance of the country's borders and more.

Morocco has become the latest African nation to launch an official space program.

On Wednesday morning, the government launched The Mohammed VI-A satellite from Kourou, French Guiana. The satellite will be used for mostly observational purposes.

According to the Associated Press, this will include military activities, surveillance of the country's borders and coastline as well as monitoring of desertification.

A quote from the Associated Press reads reads:

The launch service provider Arianespace says that it will be used for mapping activities, spatial planning, monitoring of agricultural activities, prevention and management of natural disasters and monitoring of environmental developments.

A second satellite launch is already scheduled for 2018, though it is reportedly causing some concern in neighboring Algeria, where the Algerian Space Agency was launched back in 2002.

Morocco joins South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana and Egypt, where Space programs have been launched within the last decade.

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

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In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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