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The Earth Observer: Jul - Aug, 2022

Volume 34, Issue 4

In This Issue

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  • In Memoriam
  • In Memoriam: Shelby Grant Tilford4
  • Feature Article
  • NASA Tracks the SCOAPE of Offshore Oil and Gas Pollution Using Satellite and Ship Cruise Measurements5
  • Kudos
  • Winnie Humberson Retires and Receives NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal18
  • Meeting Summaries
  • Summary of the GEDI Science Team Meeting20
  • Summary of the 2021 CLARREO Pathfinder Science Workshop25
  • In The News
  • Great Air Quality for the Great Lakes Region32
  • NASA Air Pollution Instrument Completes Satellite Integration34
  • Skygazing for Science: GLOBE Surpasses One Million Cloud Measurements35
  • Announcement
  • Participate in the GLOBE Land Cover Challenge: Land Cover in a Changing Climate36
  • Regular Features
  • NASA Earth Science in the News37
  • Earth Science Meeting and Workshop Calendar39

The Editor’s Corner
Steve Platnick
EOS Senior Project Scientist

The Earth Surface Mineral Dust Source Investigation (EMIT) imaging spectrometer was launched to the International Space Station (ISS) from Launch Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center at 8:44 PM Eastern Daylight Time on July 14, 2022, aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket as part of Commercial Resupply Service (CRS)–25. Over the next two weeks, EMIT was installed on ISS Express Logistics Carrier-1, tested, powered on, and commanded to operational temperatures. The first imaging spectroscopy measurements were acquired on July 28 north of Perth, Australia. EMIT measures the spectral reflectance from 380–2500 nm for every point in the image with 285 contiguous spectral channels. The image swath is nominally 80 km (~50 mi). Congratulations to Rob Green [JPL—EMIT PI] and his team on reaching this “first light” milestone.