Month: March 2011

 

NASA’s Messenger gives us the first ever image from orbit above Mercury

NASA’s Messenger (MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry and Ranging) spacecraft is already sending us amazing imagery of the surface of Mercury as it orbits the planet on a mission to obtain information about Mercury and what it’s made of. This image, released by NASA yesterday, is the first image of Mercury taken from orbit:

Messenger is the first man-made satellite to orbit Mercury, although Mariner 10 sent back images during a flyby in the mid-1970s. Check out NASA’s Messenger mission page for lots more information and images as the mission progresses.

Via Gizmodo

300th episode contest week 5

Welcome to our Countdown to Episode 300 contest. Once again we are giving away prizes to you. As usual, you are limited to answering each question once. If you answer all five questions correctly you will have five entries in the contest. The grand prize winner will receive an Amazon Kindle, Wifi model.

Question 5:

More info and the other questions are available on the contest page.

A VerySpatial Podcast – Episode 297

A VerySpatial Podcast
Shownotes – Episode 297
March 28, 2011

Main Topic: Our conversation with AmericaView’s Rick Landenberger on Earth Observation Day 2011

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    VerySpatial at AAG 2011

    With the AAG taking place in just over 2 weeks in Seattle we are ramping up for a great conference. All of the VerySpatial regulars and many of the contributors who are coming on board will be there. As always we will be wandering in and out of sessions (including our own) and capturing interviews with those souls intrepid enough to speak into a microphone. If you have something going on at the AAG that you would like us to catch or if you like to arrange a conversation in advance please email me and we will see what we can do.

    Also, be sure to come by our panel session on Saturday morning (April 16) where we will talk about geospatial technology outreach: what is out there, who is doing it, and how you should be involved or whatever we actually end up talking about. The session will be at 10 AM in 618 – Washington State Convention Center, Level 6.

    Also, since I will be there in the audience, I would encourage everyone to check out the Geography Education Specialty Group’s Gail Hobbs Student Paper Competition on Wednesday afternoon (April 13) in Boren – Sheraton Hotel, Union Tower, Fourth Floor…or any of the student paper or poster competition sessions. There is always great content in these sessions.

    Earth Observation Day 2011

    Coming to a remote sensing shop or school near you on April 8, 2011 is Earth Observation Day. The main objectives of Earth Observation Day are:

      to recognize the importance of using remotely sensed data to monitor the Earth and its environments; and
      to promote the use of remotely sensed data by K-16 teachers and students

    Of course we would like to think our readers and listeners recognize and promote remotely sensed data everyday just as they celebrate GIS everyday, but Earth Observation Day offers us all a chance to do this explicitly. This year’s focus is on land cover which is a ubiquitous, but important measure gathered from remotely sensed data. Be sure to find out more and grab resources from the Earth Observation Day site.

    Be sure to plan something remote sensing-y for Friday, 8 April.

    Old poll, new poll: March 2011

    Back in January we asked the question “Which Esri Tech Certification are you thinking about?” and we received 88 responses which broke down to:

  • ArcGIS Desktop Associate/Professional – 39%
  • Web Application Developer Associate – 8%
  • Enterprise Geodatabase Management Associate – 1%
  • Enterprise Administration Associate – 1%
  • More than one – 14%
  • Not interested – 37%
  • Our new poll takes up to the sky and the sensors looking down on us. The question is “What type of plans do you have for Earth Observation Day (April 8)?” Your choice of answer is:

  • Hosting an event
  • Attending an event
  • No plans
  • 300th episode contest week 4

    Welcome to our Countdown to Episode 300 contest. Once again we are giving away prizes to you. As usual, you are limited to answering each question once. If you answer all five questions correctly you will have five entries in the contest. The grand prize winner will receive an Amazon Kindle, Wifi model.

    Question 4:

    More info and the other questions are available on the contest page.

    Google: It’s a visual.

    I have started to worry that I am creating an infinite loop back to Apartment Therapy (as Frank rolls his eyes) but I always enjoy the fun posts, especially the quirky spatial ones that crop up. Apartment Therapy’s Unplggd highlights artist Alejo Malia who pictures Google in a whole new way. I have to say that my favorite is called ‘Routes‘.

    BUT then I read the reply posts and found someone who said that they had a friend who was creating maps called Mapuccino that uses Google maps to create artwork based on a person or person’s life. Now I want both for my house.

    A VerySpatial Podcast – Episode 296

    A VerySpatial Podcast
    Shownotes – Episode 296
    March 21, 2011

    Main Topic: Our conversation on geovisualization and some of its challenges

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    Happy St. Patrick’s Day

    To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and the almost one year anniversary of Google Street View Ireland, here is an enjoyable interview with Ed Parsons, Geospatial Technologist for Google Street View, discussing the launch of Google Street View Ireland for almost every urban center and rural road in Ireland. I have also included great video Google Street View Ireland in the Irish Language version. I make no claims for what they are saying but it has some very good graphics. And for your enjoyment a fun project that was done for Milford Hospice in Ireland by Interactive Media UL to use Google Street View Ireland and sensors to create a “real” interactive bike riding experience. The project, “Escapism, pedal through Google StreetView on a Stationary Bike” was created as part of a Masters of Science in Interactive Media at The University of Limerick, Ireland by Colette Moloney.

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