Exploring Earth from Space:
New Windows on a Changing Planet

National Air and Space Museum Langley IMAX® Theater
Thursday, September 14, 2000, 8 p.m.

The United States and other space faring nations recently have begun launching an unprecedented fleet of advanced satellites designed to study Earth's land, air, oceans, ice and life using the latest space technology. When combined with powerful new computer software tools, the data from these orbital observers promises to give us valuable new scientific knowledge about how these pieces of the environment fit together into an incredibly complex, interlocking system.

At 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 14, 2000, leading NASA scientists and other special guests gathered at the National Air and Space Museum’s Langley Theater to discuss the latest discoveries about our changing planet and to see spectacular color images and fascinating animations from recent satellite observations, plus realistic computer models of violent events like hurricanes and thunderstorms.

After introductory remarks by NASA Administrator Daniel S. Goldin, Congressman James T. Walsh, and NASA Associate Administrator for Earth Science Ghassem R. Asrar, three scientists from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center presented the latest satellite observations and computer simulations of the land, atmosphere, and oceans.

Subsequent to these presentations, Jean-Michel Cousteau gave personal observations on the study of the Earth from his life and career. The evening’s activities concluded with a question and answer session with the speakers.

Exploring Earth from Space:

Dr. Darrel William’s Presentation

Mid-atlantic MODIS Image

Exploring Earth from Space:

Dr. Marshall Shepherd’s Presentation

Arctic Ozone Hole Image

Exploring Earth from Space:

Dr. David Adamec’s Presentation

Pacific El Nino Image

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