Week in Geek – Earth from above
My weekly post for The Rachel Maddow Show.
Week in Geek: Earth from above edition
If you like data and images of Earth from space, you are going to freak over these 2.95 million satellite images now available online.
The Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) is a combined effort between NASA and Japan’s Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry (METI), as well as the scientific communities in both countries. ASTER is an instrument aboard the Terra satellite, part of NASA’S Earth Observing System (EOS), which was launched in 1999 into a near-polar, sun-synchronous orbit (meaning it passes over the same spot on Earth at the same solar time each day).
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Read the full article here.