The 44th Earth Day is here, so take just a few moments to consider these game-changing views of our planet. Why? Their significance begins in the visual statement created through science and technology and persists through cultural awareness and human action.
1. April 1, 1960 – TIROS 1 -NASA- The first image of Earth’s clouds from the vantage point of space
2. December 24, 1968 – Earthrise – NASA – Apollo 8 Crew: Frank Borman, James Lovell and William Anders
3. December 7, 1972 – The Original Blue Marble – NASA – Apollo 17 Crew – Eugene Cernan and Harrison “Jack” Schmitt and Ron Evans
4. “The Pale Blue Dot” – 1990 – NASA- Voyager 1 Mission
5. 1992 – The Earth and Moon as seen by NASA’s Galileo Mission
6. 2002 – Blue Marble- NASA GSFC – Reto Stöckli – High Resolution Satellite Mosaic
7. October 2, 2007 – The Earth and Moon from Mars – by the HiRISE camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
8. 2011 – Perpetual Ocean – NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio using ECCO2 Model Output from Jun 2005-Dec 2007
9. 2012 – The Earth at Night – NASA/NOAA Suomi NPP Mission
10. January 4, 2012 – Visible/Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) – NOAA/NASA – Composited by Norman Kuring
11. August 2013 – Arctic Sea Ice minimum, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
12. July 23, 2013 – Pale Blue Dot (Directly below Saturn’s rings) by NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft
The first Earth Day in 1970 symbolized the beginning of the modern environmental movement. It galvanized the growing awareness and recognition that our species’ survival on this planet requires the planet to be habitable, the air breathable, the water drinkable. Continue reading 12 Inspirational Views of Earth From Space | Earth Day 2014
Anyone else think this looks like the Lorax? No? Well, maybe it’s just me. But I just love what this image is doing. It’s describing the creation of raindrops. As the countdown to NASA’s Global Precipitation Mission (GPM) Core satellite launch this week continues, rain is on the brain. This new video (watch below), produced by Ryan Fitzgibbons of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, gives a fun, engaging and enlightening look into the creation of raindrops. What’s even more amazing: satellites orbiting the earth will be looking at these micro-characteristics as they fall through the atmosphere. This is a step up from gathering rain on the ground via rain gauges. A huge step.
Watch it! I think it will make you smile and teach you a thing or two about rain, namely: rain drops are not tear-shaped, they are shaped like the GPM logo.
For more info, vist the NASA Story about this video. And keep up with the GPM Launch updates! The GPM Core Observatory is currently scheduled to launch February 27th, 2014, 1:07 pm EST from Tanegashima Space Center in Japan. NASA TV will begin coverage at 12 noon. If you can’t get it on your TV, check it out online!
There is nothing like a long, rainy summer to make one appreciate the clear blue skies of the coming autumn season. After the drenching we’ve had, simply looking up at a cloudless sky has a turned out to be simple pleasure. The solar radiation warming the skin becomes so easily perceived when the clouds dissipate, and a smile can’t help but cross my face. All of the sudden, the trail seems to be holding me up instead of sucking me in. Squish, squish has turned to crunch, crunch. Continue reading Blue Skies