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NASA partnership sends earth science data to Africa

ScienceDaily (October 11, 2010)

NASA partnership sends earth science data to Africa

ScienceDaily (October 11, 2010)

A unique partnership between NASA and agencies in Africa and Europe has sent more than 30 terabytes of free Earth science satellite data to South African researchers to support sustainable development and environmental applications in Africa.

Downward-looking camera view of the area around Kruger National Park in northeastern South Africa, acquired Aug. 18, 2010, by the MISR instrument on NASA’s Terra spacecraft. The imaged area is 380 kilometers (236 miles) wide. The bright white feature above and to the right of image center is the Palabora Copper Mine, and the water body near upper right is Lake Massingir in Mozambique. Kruger National Park lies between these landmarks and stretches from north to south for some 350 kilometers (217 miles).Credit : NASA/GSFC/LaRC/JPL, MISR Team

The data from one of the instruments on NASA’s Terra satellite provide observations of Africa’s surface and atmosphere, including vegetation structure, airborne pollution particles, cloud heights and winds. Transfer of these data to a distribution center in Africa will make it broadly accessible to African users who have not been able to remotely download the large data files because of limitations in the continent’s Internet infrastructure.

The data are from the Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) on Terra. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., built and manages the instrument, and NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., processes, archives and distributes the data.

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