NASA Releases New High-Resolution Images The US agency has opened the archives of his Terra shuttle to the public. These some 2.95 million copies of the Earth were released by NASA on the dedicated portal Asterweb this Friday, April 8, 2016.
They come from the Japanese ASTER sensor onboard the Terra shuttle, launched in 1999 as part of a study program on the evolution of the Earth. The EOS program (Earth Observing System) and scans the Earth’s fauna, flora and even pollution for almost 17 years.
NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) recently captured a unique view of Earth from the spacecraft’s vantage point in orbit around the moon. NASA Releases New High-Resolution Images
“The image is simply stunning,” said Noah Petro, Deputy Project Scientist for LRO at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. “The image of the Earth evokes the famous ‘Blue Marble’ image taken by Astronaut Harrison Schmitt during Apollo 17, 43 years ago, which also showed Africa prominently in the picture.”
Asterweb The portal offers various categories of photos: volcanoes, glaciers, cities, archeology, hydrology … It is also possible to access snapshots of the atmosphere or the biosphere.
“We expect a drastic increase in the number of users of our data,” said Michael Abrams, head of the team in charge of the ASTER sensor. Before, it was still possible to access data from ASTER, but the site was limited. At least for users who refused to pay. This economic model is now over.
Indeed, NASA is pursuing a process of opening its data for a while now. Among the latest published images is supported including a beautiful “Sunrise Earth” seen from the moon. NASA Releases New High-Resolution Images