NASA shares satellite image of Southeast Louisiana agriculture, coastal loss

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In the satellite image posted by the NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, agriculture along the Mississippi River, which NASA points out is mostly sugar cane, is shown in pink and blue. The post also points out the sight of sediment swirls in northern Lake Pontchartrain and land loss along the Gulf Coast.

Mesmerizing photos of the Earth come from an array of NASA satellites. NASA has been capturing images of the Earth since its inception. The Landsat program was first launched in 1972, and Landsat 7 and 8 still collect data today. Onboard the Aqua and Terra satellites, NASA’s Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instruments cover the entire planet every one to two days. Satellite imagery is not only beautiful to look at but incredibly useful to the public. A tool called Kernel, developed by Tellus Labs, takes NASA images like this one to predict U.S. crop yields ahead of publicly available forecasts. In its first year, Kernel’s projections were within one percent of @usdagov’s reported yields: 173.1 bushels per acre to the actual 174.6 bushels per acre. ‘ This image, taken by Landsat 8 and processed by TellusLabs, shows New Orleans as it sits along the Gulf of Mexico. Agriculture, largely sugar cane, can be seen along the banks of the Mississippi in light pink and blue. Also apparent are sediment swirls in Lake Pontchartrain to the north and the loss of coastal land south and east of the city. #spacetech #nasaspinoff #satellites #earth #nasagoddard #science

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NASA’s Exoplanet Hunter Shares First Starry Images

NASA’s planet hunter TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) has begun providing data on planets beyond our Solar System.

The dossier collected from TESS’ initial orbit includes a detailed picture of the southern sky.

This “first light” photo, taken with all four of the spacecraft’s wide-field cameras during a 30-minute period on Aug. 7, captures an abundance of stars, as well as other objects’some previously known to have exoplanets.

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NASA’s TESS Shares First Science Image In Hunt To Find New Worlds

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“In a sea of stars brimming with new worlds, TESS is casting a wide net and will haul in a bounty of promising planets for further study,” said Paul Hertz, astrophysics division director at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “This first light science image shows the capabilities of TESS’ cameras, and shows that the mission will realize its incredible potential in our search for another Earth.”

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