Haiku : stellar

NASA more than stars
Antarctic loss speeds sea rise
Amazon trees fall

haiku by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) explores space, a stellar mission.  However, NASA studies much more than that.  They delve in earth research from an aerial or space view helping us to observe nature on our own planet.

“Flying over the Brazilian Amazon with an instrument firing 300,000 laser pulses per second, NASA scientists have made the first 3D measurements of forest canopies in the region. With this research they hope to shed light on the effects of prolonged drought on forest ecosystems and to provide a potential preview of stresses on rainforests in a warming world.
Credits: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/Jefferson Beck” quoted from 3D View of Amazon Forests Captures Effects of El Niño Drought

Crevasses near the grounding line of Pine Island Glacier,
Credits: University of Washington/I. Joughin

As you can see from this list of today’s NASA headlines in order, while NASA is concerned primarily with space, they are looking at the earth too like the Antarctic and the Amazon.

Mars: NASA encounters the perfect storm for science

People: Record-Setting NASA Astronaut Peggy Whitson Retires

Technology: Sample Return Technology Successfully Tested on Xodiac Rocket

Ice: Ramp-Up in Antarctic Ice Loss Speeds Sea Level Rise

Image of the Day : Bang and Whoosh! (Mars)

Looking down from the Space Station, Astronaut Feustal, NASATweets from NASA : Good night from the Space Station

Aeronautics: NASA Flies Large Unmanned Aircraft in Public Airspace Without Chase Plane for First Time

Earth: 3D View of Amazon Forests Captures Effects of El Niño Drought

Mars Curiousity : NASA Finds Ancient Organic Material, Mysterious Methane on Mars

Moon and Mars : New NASA Position to Focus on Exploration of Moon, Mars and Worlds Beyond

About the top photograph: Using visible light, the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera photographed Tethys, a Saturn moon, on Aug. 17, 2015, at a distance of about 28,000 miles / 44,500 kilometers). Several of those photographs were composited to create this view. The Cassini spacecraft ended its mission on Sept. 15, 2017.  The Cassini mission was a cooperative project of NASA, ESA (the European Space Agency) and the Italian Space Agency.

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Cassini Legacy : 1997-2017
Cassini Science Communications Team at
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

Photograph: Mighty Odysseus by NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute.

RDP #17 – Stellar
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