The SSETI Express, a satellite designed and built by 100 students from 10 universities in Europe will launch from Russia on Thursday. The satellite is equipped with a camera that will take images of the Earth. Although the satellite is mainly a demonstration, the European Space Agency, which funded the project, sees this launch as the first step for the Student Space Exploration and Technology Initiative (SSETI) which will train European students in space science and remote sensing.
Another satellite that is launching with the SSETI Express is China’s Beijing-1 microsatellite, which is carrying the China Mapping Telescope. Its mission is to provide high-resolution imagery for mapping Chinese territory.
If you think it’s ambitious to map the entire earth, check out the Sloan Digital Sky Survey According to their website: “the Sloan Digital Sky Survey is the most ambitious astronomical survey project ever undertaken. The survey will map in detail one-quarter of the entire sky, determining the positions and absolute brightnesses of more than 100 million celestial objects. It will also measure the distances to more than a million galaxies and quasars.”
They have already made quite a lot of progress, and their SkyServer offers all kinds of images and other data, and other cool tools for just exploring their data or for school and research projects
Satellite images show glowing sea. It’s always interesting when science can help confirm ghost tales. The real question is this… is it really bacteria or the ghosts of souls lost at sea? We may never know…
DigitalGlobe just announced their plans to launch 2 new imaging satellites, WorldView I and WorldView II, with WorldView I scheduled to launch no later than 2006 and WorldView II no later than 2008.
Check out the details at the DigitalGlobe website or read the press release at Geoplace.com
We here at VerySpatial have received our first honest to goodness press release! What is more, its for an actually useful product. Pixel742 generates distributable GeoTIFFs from Landsat bands 7, 4, & 2 to create a Natural color output. There is a demo but I haven’t plyed with it yet.
Whatever your beliefs on the global warming issue, the recent spate of articles on the melting of Arctic ice and the warming of the climate in Alaska seem pretty scary. Satellite imagery is being used to show that the Arctic ice cap is shrinking at an alarming rate.
You can check out the MSNBC.com article here
Here is another at the London Times Online
If you simply must know where it is day and night around the world, here are a couple of websites for you.
time.gov keeps the official U.S. time via atomic clock and has a feature which shows where the sun is shining and where it is dark when you click on a time zone. Check it out here
The second website, by John Walker (founder of AutoDesk), offers the Earth and Moon Viewer, which has the day and night feature, as well as views of the earth from the moon, and the day and night sides using satellite imagery. It is much more of a webmapping interface, with query boxes to change the view and type of imagery.
Check out the Earth and Moon Viewer here
This article gives an overiew of how remote sensing has been used to capture imagery of a luminescent bacteria ‘event’ commonly referred to as ‘milky seas’ BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | ‘Milky seas’ detected from space
The ESA will soon be launching a new satellite to measure the ice levels at the poles to determine if the prediction that global warming is impacting ice levels is true. From the article, the main sensor will be radar.
BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Ice explorer readies for launch
A nice collection of desktop images generated from remote sensing imagery Jeff’s Homepage