Archive for the ‘Earth’ Category

NASA Studies Climate Change

August 25, 2009

I love to talk about climate change and global warming stuff. It’s awesome that NASA pays attention to it too and uses space technologies to monitor Earth climate changes. But it’s not only the high tech satellites which help us to understand how climate is changing. Sometimes you can find evidence of it in the places you wouldn’t expect like bee hives for example. Yes, you got it right — NASA scientists do study bee hives:

It’s amazing to see how well is everything connected on our planet. Climate gets warmer, flowers blossom earlier, bees don’t pollen as many flowers as they used to which results in less fruits and veggies for us to eat. Humanity developed to a stage where we can influence on a planetary scale, so we should be really careful with the powers we have.

Hurricane Bill From Space

August 23, 2009

Here are some photos of hurricane Bill from space obtained by GOES-O satellite.

I am not sure if this satellite helped to predict any hurricanes yet (this is the main goal of it), but it for sure helps us to monitor hurricanes.

Hurricanes together with earthquakes are very destructive natural phenomenas which we can not yet predict very accurately, so let’s hope this satellite will allow us to get closer to complete understanding of how and why hurricanes form.

Space Age Volcano Monitoring

August 19, 2009

Some areas of science are purely theoretical. You can not avoid it, not everything could be applied to the real life right away. That’s why I am so glad to see that space technology indeed can help us right now. How about predicting volcano eruptions to save lives?

It is sad to see the income driven science sometimes. Projects which do not bring money are not so well funded comparing to the ones that generate profit. That’s why we have so advanced computers, cell phones, cars and medicine, but still can not make it to the Moon one more time.