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The Earth Observer: May - Jun, 2011

Volume 23, Issue 3

In This Issue

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  • Editor’s Corner Front Cover
  • Feature Articles
  • The Enduring Legacy of the Earth Observing System Part II: Creating a Global Observing System--Challenges and Opportunities 4
  • Langley's DEVELOP Team Applies NASA's Earth Observations to Address Environmental Issues Across the Country and Around the Globe 15
  • NASA and the International Year of Chemistry 2011 19
  • We Can See Clearly Now: ISS Window Observational Research Facility 25
  • Blog Log 29
  • Meeting/Workshop Summaries
  • Landsat Science Team Meeting Summary32
  • In The News
  • NASA's Aquarius: The Water Bearer Flies Soon 36
  • NASA Prepares Satellite for a New Era of Earth Observation 37
  • Time to Fly: SAGE III - ISS Prepped for Space Station 39
  • Regular Features
  • NASA Earth Science in the News 40
  • NASA Science Mission Directorate – Science Education and Public Outreach Update 42
  • Science Calendars 43

Editor's Corner
Steve Platnick, EOS Senior Project Scientist

Noting that “…humankind’s understanding of the material nature of our world is grounded… in our knowledge of chemistry…”, the United Nations has designated 2011 as the International Year of Chemistry (IYC). The American Chemical Society (ACS) is working together with professional societies worldwide to raise public awareness of the fundamental importance of chemistry. According to an ACS publication the activities will range “…from science cafés in Cape Cod to chemistry shows in Sydney, Australia, to undergraduate competitions in Beirut, Lebanon, to museum displays in Athens, Greece.” Twenty-three nations around the world have sponsored chemistry-related activities. NASA is an active participant in IYC. On page 19 of this issue of The Earth Observer, we feature an article that discusses IYC and presents a sampling of NASA’s many activities related to chemistry. The article places particular emphasis on...