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klaasback's Avatar Comment 1 by klaasback

I love that place, on the ground it is much greater

Tue, 23 Aug 2011 18:48:54 UTC | #863443

plasma-engineer's Avatar Comment 2 by plasma-engineer

The Read More link isn't working (in UK at least). Happy for you to delete this if you fix it.

Tue, 23 Aug 2011 18:52:32 UTC | #863448

/Mike's Avatar Comment 3 by /Mike

link updated

Wed, 24 Aug 2011 00:03:08 UTC | #863559

dandelion fluff's Avatar Comment 4 by dandelion fluff

Strange -- I don't see a link at all.

Wed, 24 Aug 2011 01:11:29 UTC | #863579

JuJu's Avatar Comment 5 by JuJu

There's no link.

Wed, 24 Aug 2011 01:12:53 UTC | #863580

/Mike's Avatar Comment 6 by /Mike

Link is really there this time :-)

Wed, 24 Aug 2011 03:13:18 UTC | #863610

JuJu's Avatar Comment 7 by JuJu

Here it is until they get it fixed

Wed, 24 Aug 2011 03:13:51 UTC | #863611

JuJu's Avatar Comment 8 by JuJu

Comment 6 by /Mike

Link is really there this time :-)

Impeccable timing

Wed, 24 Aug 2011 03:15:21 UTC | #863612

skiles1's Avatar Comment 9 by skiles1

What!? No picture of Isle Royale?!

Wed, 24 Aug 2011 06:21:41 UTC | #863649

DavidMcC's Avatar Comment 10 by DavidMcC

I'm sure you could get the same view from an aircraft, in this case.

Wed, 24 Aug 2011 09:16:50 UTC | #863683

Alan4discussion's Avatar Comment 11 by Alan4discussion

Comment 10 by DavidMcC

I'm sure you could get the same view from an aircraft, in this case.

LANDSAT 7 - Altitude: 705 kilometers - Supplying data users worldwide with low cost, multi-purpose, land remote sensing data into the next century

I think this flies a bit higher than aircraft, but it's quite an old system, so better digital images may be possible from aircraft, - but for a much more limited coverage of the planet.

This new system, Landsat 7, is now under construction and is scheduled for launch in April, 1999. It will be the latest in a series of earth observation satellites dating back to 1972. The twenty-two year record of data acquired by the Landsat satellites constitutes the longest continuous record of the earth's continental surfaces. Preservation of the existing record and continuation of the Landsat capability were identified in the law as critical to land surface monitoring and global change research.

Landsat 7 will have a unique and essential role in the realm of earth observing satellites in orbit by the end of this decade. No other system will match Landsat's combination of synoptic coverage, high spatial resolution, spectral range and radiometric calibration. In addition, the Landsat Program is committed to provide Landsat digital data to the user community in greater quantities, more quickly and at lower cost than at any previous time in the history of the program.

The earth observing instrument on Landsat 7, the Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus (ETM+), replicates the capabilities of the highly successful Thematic Mapper instruments on Landsats 4 and 5*. The ETM+ also includes new features that make it a more versatile and efficient instrument for global change studies, land cover monitoring and assessment, and large area mapping than its design forebears.

Sorry this info is quite old, but still relevant.

Wed, 24 Aug 2011 19:45:45 UTC | #863841

Steve Hanson's Avatar Comment 12 by Steve Hanson

I remember going there a couple of years after the fire, back when I was 7. It's an incredibly beautiful place...although the bubbling pools of sulfur are quite the insult to the olfactory sense. I remember camping out near the Grand Tetons (name courtesy of lonely and horny frenchmen), the way the buffalo really didn't care if you wanted to drive along that road or not, visiting Old Faithful, all of it. I certainly remember being terrified of how fast my grandfather seemed to be driving along the mountain roads (a feel equally shared and expressed by my father and grandmother), all requests to slow down being completely ignored. As much as I like pictures from space, there's nothing that can replace actually experiencing the place for yourself. I'd recommend doing so in the summer, however.

Wed, 24 Aug 2011 19:45:56 UTC | #863843

DavidMcC's Avatar Comment 13 by DavidMcC

Comment 11 by Alan4discussion

LANDSAT 7 - Altitude: 705 kilometers - Supplying data users worldwide with low cost, multi-purpose, land remote sensing data into the next century

That's got to be the reason they used a satellite - if all you want is a snap of ONE national park, then it makes sense to use an aircraft, but if you want ALL of them (even just the US, including Hawaii and Alaska), then it obviously makes economic sense to use a satellite for the very same pictures.

Thu, 25 Aug 2011 08:19:56 UTC | #864041

DavidMcC's Avatar Comment 14 by DavidMcC

... Actually, even that is probably no longer true - it must be now cheaper to use a satellite than an aircraft, even for just one park, unless you had some additional reason for flying over it.

Thu, 25 Aug 2011 08:24:36 UTC | #864044

Alan4discussion's Avatar Comment 15 by Alan4discussion

Comment 13 by DavidMcC

but if you want ALL of them (even just the US, including Hawaii and Alaska), then it obviously makes economic sense to use a satellite for the very same pictures.

... .. or the rest of the planet as well!

Swath width: 185 kilometers

Repeat coverage interval: 16 days (233 orbits)

It will be the latest in a series of earth observation satellites dating back to 1972 -(where the) record of data acquired by the Landsat satellites constitutes the longest continuous record of the earth's continental surfaces.

..and there are people who think Earth scientists and climate scientists do not know how the planet is changing!

Thu, 25 Aug 2011 15:07:18 UTC | #864151

JuJu's Avatar Comment 16 by JuJu

The Redwood National Park is what I call home, the light green color area on the coast in the middle of the picture is where I live. I keep forgetting its one of the most beautiful places in earth, I guess if you live in one of these places you kind of get use to it.

Thu, 25 Aug 2011 22:57:33 UTC | #864294

QuestioningKat's Avatar Comment 17 by QuestioningKat

Simply beautiful! I find it amazing; all the rivers snaking through the land. It's surprising to find such randomness. You would think that we'd find more straight lines and regimented land markings considering all the rules that God the creator has about our lives.

Thu, 25 Aug 2011 23:07:31 UTC | #864298

Saganic Rites's Avatar Comment 18 by Saganic Rites

Thanks for the link, a great site.Shame about the comments over there though; "Our park's better than yours" "No, ours is better than yours" etc.

Thu, 25 Aug 2011 23:09:25 UTC | #864300

Robert Howard's Avatar Comment 19 by Robert Howard

Comment 17 by QuestioningKat

Simply beautiful! I find it amazing; all the rivers snaking through the land. It's surprising to find such randomness. You would think that we would find more straight lines and regimented land markings considering all the rules that God the creator has about our lives.

Is this why most of the Christians in America tend to congregate in the so-called square states in the middle of the country, while the Godless heathens and sodomites prefer to live on the coastlines, over which God has no control?

Fri, 26 Aug 2011 01:42:40 UTC | #864329

Alan4discussion's Avatar Comment 20 by Alan4discussion

Comment 18 by Saganic Rites

Thanks for the link, a great site.Shame about the comments over there though; "Our park's better than yours" "No, ours is better than yours" etc.

I tend to take more of a world view, but can see how some have their own favourites :

Comment 15 by Alan4discussion - .. or the rest of the planet as well!

Fri, 26 Aug 2011 21:58:15 UTC | #864614