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TAG: NASA

At-home crowdsourcing and citizen science for mapping enthusiasts

May 13, 2020By
Image: U.S. Geological Survey

The world so close has never seemed so far away. Locked up and adrift, somewhere between the comfort of the past and the anxiety of the future, the present slowly passes by in a procession of nameless days. The living room has become a sundial. Shadows pass from one wall in the morning to the far side by day’s end.... read more

Ecometrica Platform to help share NASA Earth data

February 28, 2020By
This image shows the Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation Lidar (GEDI) being assembled NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. (Photo: NASA)

Under a contract with the University of Maryland, Ecometrica, a sustainability and space data company, will be helping disseminate data from NASA’s latest “Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation” (GEDI) lidar instrument. According to Ecometrica, the Ecometrica Platform will make processed maps more widely available to end users and reduce the need for additional processing of highly technical remote sensing lidar data.... read more

Visualizing the Australian bushfires through satellites and maps

January 13, 2020By

The months-long wildfires raging in Australia have killed at least 25 people. Millions — possibly 1 billion — animals have died. More than 2,000 houses have been destroyed. Around 150 fires are still burning in New South Wales and Queensland, with hot and dry conditions accompanied by strong winds fueling to the fires’ spread. With this conflagration rocking the continent... read more

New Soar platform gives public real-time views of world events

October 25, 2019By
Chicago freeze. (Photo: Soar)

Satellite imagery company Soar is now allowing public access to its satellites that provide near-real time imagery all across Earth at 10-meter resolution per pixel. Both the public and the media will now be able to see high-definition aerial views of anywhere on Earth to observe events as they happen. This includes but is not limited to environmental disasters such as... read more

Satellite space sensor to measure coastal and ocean ecosystems

August 26, 2019By
Hyperspectral imagery of U.S. East Coast. (Image: NOAA)

Raytheon will build the Geostationary Littoral Imaging and Monitoring Radiometer (GLIMR) sensor under a contract from the University of New Hampshire. GLIMR, NASA’s selected Earth Venture Instrument-5 investigation, will be NASA’s first hyperspectral imager in geostationary (GEO) orbit. Hyperspectral imaging collects and processes information from across the electromagnetic spectrum including visible light, infrared and ultraviolet frequencies to create a highly... read more

Amazon fires in Brazil can be seen from space

August 21, 2019By
A satellite view of the Amazon wildfire on Aug. 13. (NASA Earth Observatory images by Lauren Dauphin, using MODIS data from NASA EOSDIS/LANCE and GIBS/Worldview and VIIRS data from NASA EOSDIS/LANCE and GIBS/Worldview, and the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership.)

Wildfires in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil have hit record numbers, and satellites have been able to capture imagery of them. According to NASA, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer on its Aqua satellite captured images of several fires burning in the states of Rondônia, Amazonas, Pará and Mato Grosso on Aug. 11 and Aug. 13. There have been 72,843 fires... read more

NASA program aids with disaster relief efforts

July 25, 2019By
Researchers at the NASA Disasters Program use satellite imagery to create maps to show where damage from a natural disaster has taken place. (Photo: Allison Barwacz)

Satellite imagery and mapping have proven to be critical technologies when it comes to disaster relief efforts. The NASA Earth Science Disasters Program has harnessed these technologies to help communities and governments recover from natural disasters like earthquakes, hurricanes and more. “[The goal of the program is to] try to prevent natural disasters or limit their impact and also help... read more

Registration open for 35th Space Symposium

November 27, 2018By

Registration has opened for the 35th Space Symposium, sponsored by the Space Foundation and taking place April 8-11 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The Space Symposium provides a forum to discuss, address and plan for future achievements in space. According to show organizers, the event represents all sectors of the space community from multiple spacefaring nations, including space agencies; commercial space... read more

NASA releases satellite damage map of Camp Fire

November 26, 2018By
Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

The Advanced Rapid Imaging and Analysis (ARIA) team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena has produced a map showing the damage caused by the Camp Fire in Northern California. After two and a half weeks of historic destruction, the fire is now 100 percent contained. Teams continue to search the destruction — including the destroyed town of Paradise — for... read more

NASA program for UAVs in cities turns to NextNav

November 13, 2018By
Image: iStock.com/PhonlamaiPhoto (via NextNav)

NextNav’s Metropolitan Beacon System (MBS) service has been accepted for use by NASA. NASA will use NextNav’s MBS network as part of its CERTAIN (City Environment for Range Testing of Autonomous Integrated Navigation) facilities at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. CERTAIN supports, among other programs, Urban Air Mobility (UAM), an air transportation system with myriad applications from small package... read more