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Mapping the ISS – A Google StreetView Project

Gepostet von am Jul 23, 2017 in Geoscience | Keine Kommentare

Mapping the ISS – A Google StreetView Project

This week Google released its latest remarkable Google Street View Project. Thanks to ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet who has been on-board the International Space Station (ISS) from 17th of November 2016 until 2nd of June 2017 , Google captured Street View imagery and thereby mapped the whole space station with all its 15 modules in 360 degree.

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„Horizons“ the next Gerst mission

Gepostet von am Mai 30, 2017 in Geoscience | Keine Kommentare

„Horizons“ the next Gerst mission

‚Horizons‘ is the name of German ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst’s next mission. 41-year-old German geophysicist, Alexander Gerst is scheduled to embark on his second research trip to the International Space Station (ISS) as part of expedition 56/57 in late April 2018.. After the Belgian ESA astronaut, Frank de Winne, Gerst will be the second European to be commander of the ISS. Gerst will remain in orbit, at an altitude of around 380 kilometres, for six months – until the end of October 2018. The name ‚Horizons‘ symbolises the curiosity and fascination of exploring and researching the unknown.

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Planet Earth at 4K

Gepostet von am Jan 9, 2015 in Geoscience | Keine Kommentare

Planet Earth at 4K

Thanks to the german astronaut Alexander Gerst and his numerous photos taken during his six month journey in space on board of the International Space Station (ISS), ESA released this marvelous time lapse video showing stunning images from our blue planet. During his 166 days on board, he managed to take about 12500 shots in constant intervals, showing snapshots of auroras, sunrises & sunsets, cloud formations, stars, oceans, our Milky Way, lightnings and last but not least our thin and fragile atmosphere.

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Proposal for a future web application or extension of Google Maps

Gepostet von am Okt 3, 2014 in Geoscience | Keine Kommentare

Proposal for a future web application or extension of Google Maps

With over 20000 fatalities and numerous human catastrophes all around the globe over the past year, there is a high demand for a continuous and near-real-time warning system for casualties of natural disasters. With the establishment of the International Charter ‘Space and Major Disasters’ in 1999, all important space agencies agreed on sharing their satellite resources to provide a 24/7 monitoring of natural disasters all over the globe.

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Cloud Statistics from Calipso Lidar Data for the Performance Assessment of a Methane Space Lidar

Gepostet von am Okt 1, 2013 in Geoscience | Keine Kommentare

Cloud Statistics from Calipso Lidar Data for the Performance Assessment of a Methane Space Lidar

In this thesis a performance assessment for the future German-French climate monitoring initiative, Methane Remote Sensing Lidar Mission (MERLIN), proposed by DLR and CNES in 2010 was undertaken. A general space lidar performance issue is the obstruction by optically dense clouds. For this purpose cloud free statistics, the global cloud top flatness and global cloud top distributions were derived from the Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observation (CALIPSO) level 2, 333 m and 5 km lidar cloud-layer products between 01 January 2007 and 01 January 2008.

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