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Image 1 - Getting Ready For Sentinel-2
2011-12-08 04:35:37

The deadline for abstract submissions for the April 2012 symposium on the Sentinel-2 satellite is just around the corner. The first Sentinel-2 Preparatory Symposium will be hosted at ESA´s ESRIN centre for Earth observation in Frascati, Italy, from 23 to 27 April 2012. The symposium is open to anyone interested in Sentinel-2 data or involved in the development of the mission, including ESA Principal Investigators, co-investigators, Sentinel-2 users, scientists, students and...

ESA Opens Landsat Archives
2011-11-24 04:23:39

Over 30 years of archived data from the US Landsat Earth-observing satellites are now available, free of charge. The majority of these products are unique to ESA´s archive and have never before been accessible anywhere else by the scientific user community. In its archives, ESA holds around two million products that cover Europe and North Africa. The total amount of data available is worth about 450 terabytes — that´s equivalent to about 900 000 hours of audio recorded at...

2011-11-16 03:59:44

NASA and the U.S. Department of the Interior presented the 2011 William T. Pecora awards to Alan H. Strahler, professor of geography and environment at Boston University, and to the Canada Centre for Remote Sensing at a ceremony Tuesday in Herndon, Va. Strahler was recognized for his contributions to remote-sensing science, leadership and education, which have improved the fundamental understanding of the remote-sensing process and its applications for observing land surface properties....

Image 1 - First Round Of Thermal Vacuum Testing For Landsat's TIRS Instrument
2011-11-02 09:03:23

[ Watch the Video ] The Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS) that will fly on the next Landsat satellite came out of its first round of thermal vacuum testing Tuesday, October 4 at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. The two-month test marked the first time engineers evaluated the fully-assembled instrument at its normal operating temperature, a frigid 43 Kelvin (-382° F). The verdict is that TIRS is living up to its design and even exceeding expectations in some areas. The...

Image 1 - NASA Reflects On September 11
2011-09-11 03:43:56

  NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and astronaut Frank L. Culbertson were among those from the U.S. space agency who paused to remember the events of September 11, 2001 on Friday. Culbertson, who at the time of the terrorist attacks was the only American serving on board the International Space Station (ISS), recalled seeing the events transpire from orbit. [ View the Video ] "I didn't know exactly what was happening but I knew it was really bad because there was a big cloud of...

2011-08-09 10:05:00

BOULDER, Colo., Aug. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has successfully completed pre-ship review for the Operational Land Imager (OLI) to fly aboard the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM). The imaging instrument is currently being prepared for shipment to Orbital Sciences Corporation, Gilbert, Ariz., where satellite integration will occur prior to a scheduled launch in December 2012. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110809/LA49365) Landsat...

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2011-07-20 14:24:36

Flooding along the Missouri River continues as shown in recent Landsat satellite images of the Nebraska and Iowa border. Heavy rains and snowmelt have caused the river to remain above flood stage for an extended period. A Landsat 5 image of the area from May 5, 2011 shows normal flow. In contrast, a Landsat 7 image from July 17 depicts flood conditions in the same location. A national overview map of streamflow provided by U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) WaterWatch graphically portrays the...

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2011-07-07 09:22:43

Landsat 5 captured an image of flooding occurring along the Iowa/Nebraska border on June 30, 2011. Flooding is still occurring on July 6, and Flood Warnings are still in effect from the National Weather Service. The Landsat 5 image captured was an enlargement of the area just north of Omaha. The flood waters show up as very dark blue and, where the water is shallow, medium blue. In the image, the Interstate is cut off by flood waters, just south of Missouri Valley, Iowa, and about 20 miles...

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2011-06-28 05:39:50

Heavy rains in Canada caused historic flooding in Minot, N.D. Landsat satellite images taken before and during the flooding reveal the water's extent. The Souris River finally crested on June 26, but not before more than 4,000 homes and hundreds of businesses were flooded. About one-fourth of Minot's 40,000 residents evacuated the city. Residents expect a long recovery as the river slowly retreats. The Souris River reading at Minot's Broadway Bridge around 11:00 p.m. on June 25 reached nearly...


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This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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