Landsat Looks to the Moon

With one of the supemoons in full swing right now,and two due in the next 2 months, here we have some new information about what Landsat does during these periods.
Every full moon, Landsat 8 turns its back on Earth. As the satellite’s orbit takes it to the nighttime side of the planet, Landsat 8 pivots to point at the moon. It scans the distant lunar surface multiple times, then flips back around to continue its task of collecting land-cover information of the sunny side of Earth below. These monthly lunar scans are key to ensuring the land-imaging instrument aboard Landsat 8 is detecting light consistently. For a well-known and stable source of light, nothing on our planet beats the moon, which lacks an atmosphere and has an unchanging surface, barring the odd meteorite.
The Landsat Program is a series of Earth-observing satellite missions jointly managed by NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey. The first Landsat satellite launched in 1972 and Landsat 8 launched on February 11, 2013.

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Comets, Meteors, and Asteroids
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Groundbreaking Event for the E-ELT

This video has nothing to do with astronomy right now, BUT this is a future telescope that most likely will give us more than we expect.
On 19 June 2014, a major milestone on the road to the construction of the European Extremely Large Telescope was reached. Part of the 3000-metre peak of Cerro Armazones was blasted away as a step towards leveling the summit. This paves the way for the largest optical/infrared telescope in the world.
Waiting for this telescope to come online will keep a lot of people in suspense. I am looking forward to see the data, information and photography that will come from this telescope.

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Goddard Goes to Mars

The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission is designed to explore Mars’ upper atmosphere. It will determine the role that escape of gas from the atmosphere to space has played in changing the climate throughout the planet’s history. MAVEN was launched on Nov. 18, 2013, and will go into orbit around Mars on the evening of Sept. 21, 2014 (10 p.m. EDT).
The Martian climate remains one of the solar system’s biggest mysteries: although cold and dry today, myriad surface features on Mars carved by flowing water attest to a much warmer, wetter past. What caused this dramatic transition? Scientists think that climate change on Mars may be due to solar wind erosion of the early atmosphere, and NASA’s MAVEN mission will test this hypothesis. Project Manager David F. Mitchell discusses MAVEN and the Goddard Space Flight Center’s role in sending it to the Red Planet.

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Global Warming And Climate Change-What’s The Difference?

Have you ever wondered what the difference between “global warming” and “climate change” is? The terms are used interchangeably, yet people interpret the terms in different ways. Trace breaks down what the difference is, and talks about how we perceive the terms differently.

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What Happened To The Flags On The Moon?

The fourth of July inspired Trace to solve this question.Has he? What do you think?
Over the course of 6 Apollo missions, several American flags were placed on the moon! Are they still there? Trace explains what has happened to these flags over the years, and discusses how one of them might not even be there anymore!

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