Forget asteroids, comets, solar storms, NASA is EXCITED about this

    While dangerous asteroids, comets and solar storms grab eyeballs, here is what NASA is really excited about. Check out the Earth System Observatory, which will give a 3D, holistic view of the planet.
    By: HT TECH
    | Updated on: Aug 06 2022, 10:24 IST
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    Asteroids, comets, solar storms and how NASA deals with them are always in the news, but terra firm has the US space agency excited. (Pixabay)
    Earth
    Asteroids, comets, solar storms and how NASA deals with them are always in the news, but terra firm has the US space agency excited. (Pixabay)

    While dangerous asteroids, comets and solar storms grab eyeballs NASA is really excited about this mission Earth. Like every other planet, Moons, galaxies, or any other object out in space, Earth too has several interesting aspects for research. In fact, a lot of secrets are still hiding and require increasingly complex tech to flush them out into the open for humanity to see, understand and, if possible, profitably use, to ensure welfare of future generations. Scientists are looking to find out more about our planet with a new set of Earth-focused missions. Also, as per the information provided by NASA Earth, with more Earth-focused missions, the Earth System Observatory will give a 3D, holistic view of Earth, from bedrock to atmosphere. "We're e-s-SO excited! With a new set of Earth-focused missions, the Earth System Observatory will give us a 3D, holistic view of Earth, from bedrock to atmosphere," NASA Earth tweeted.

    Saying the same, NASA Earth retweeted Thomas Zurbuchen, Associate Administrator, NASA, Science Mission Directorate, tweet which informed that they have established an Independent Review Board (IRB) to help understanding our changing planet. "In efforts to ensure the success of the @NASAEarth System Observatory, we have established an Independent Review Board (IRB) to help propel us forward in understanding our changing planet, " the tweet read.

    "NASA will design a new set of Earth-focused missions to provide key information to guide efforts related to climate change, natural hazard mitigation, fighting forest fires, and improving real-time agricultural processes. Each uniquely designed satellite in the Earth System Observatory will complement the others, working in tandem to create a 3D, holistic view of Earth, from bedrock to atmosphere," NASA said in a report.

    It can be known that the Earth System Observatory has been designed to give the most comprehensive view yet of how Earth is changing. Researchers and scientists at NASA believe that by strengthening scientific understanding, they will be able to provide information to communities around the world to plan for the future.

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    The areas of focus for core of the observatory include aerosols, cloud, convection and precipitation, mass change, surface biology and geology, surface deformation and change.

    NASA is currently initiating the formulation phase for the core observatory. The trailblazer for the observatory is a NASA partnership with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) that brings together two different kinds of radar systems that can measure changes in Earth's surface to less than a half-inch.

    This mission, called NISAR (NASA-ISRO synthetic aperture radar), will measure some of the planet's most complex processes such as ice-sheet collapse and natural hazards such as earthquakes, volcanoes, and landslides. NISAR can assist planners and decision makers with managing both hazards and natural resources in the future.

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    NASA establishes board to review initial Earth System Observatory plans

    As per the information provided by NASA, the independent review board (IRB) will help NASA review the technical concepts developed during preliminary formulation so far for robustness, as well as the ability to satisfy the mission's essential requirements. It will help ensure NASA is adopting lessons learned from experience with previous large, strategic science missions.

    The observatory seeks to implement recommendations from the 2017 Earth Science Decadal Survey by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, which lays out ambitious but critically necessary research and observation guidance for our changing planet.

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    First Published Date: 06 Aug, 10:24 IST
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