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More atmospheric Remote Sensing coming

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The BBC has an article on a new satellite that will be launched next year that will look at the mesosphere and very high clouds. Apparently the expansion of these clouds is an indication of the temperature of the mesosphere dropping another impact of the ever increasing pollutants we pump into the atmosphere. BBC NEWS […]

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CloudSat and Calipso satellites successfully launched

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I didn’t get a chance to blog this earlier because of our slow internet connection in San Juan, but NASA’s 2 new cloud monitoring satellites, CloudSat and Calipso, were successfully launched Friday morning after some difficulties they delayed their originial launch date. What’s cool about these satellites is that they are carrying instruments that can […]

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NASA satellites helping to monitor Great Barrier Reef

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CNN.com featured an article today about NASA’s role in a global effort to monitor the Great Barrier Reef off Australia. NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites, part of the Earth Observing System (EOS), are used to capture frequent data on ocean surface temperature and color, which are important indicators of the health of the reefs and […]

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Google Mars!

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Way cool for space nuts out there like me…. Google Mars!  It’s just like Google Local, except with data from Mars.  There’s a nice elevation dataset and some interesting visible data as well.  Of course you can’t search for pizza joints in the area, but hey, it’s a step in the right direction!

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Signs of Water on Saturn Moon Enceladus!

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Nasa is reporting this after that their Cassini probe has discovered what appears to be liquid water errupting “Old Faithful” style from the surface of Enceladus.  As everyone is probably aware, water is the key to life… As the director of the imaging program said, “… we have significantly broadened the diversity of solar system […]

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Biggest Image on the Web

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IIPImage has what is touted to be the largest image ever posted on the web. The image is a 86400 x 43200 pixel, RGB, 10.7GB uncompressed TIFF, of….. you guessed it! Earth! It should come as no suprise to anyone working in the geospatial community that a large file viewer like this would be used […]

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Identifying Ancient Maya sites with Remote Sensing

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Researchers at the University of New Hampshire, in conjunction with scientists at NASA, have been using remote sensing techniques to identify prehistoric Maya sites in Central America. The dense tropical rain forests in the region make the identification of sites from the air or on the ground very difficult. By analyzing high-resolution imagery and NASA’s […]