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The Earth Observer: May - Jun, 2019

Volume 31, Issue 3

In This Issue

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  • Editor’s CornerFront Cover
  • Feature Article
  • Increasing Information Access for Food Security Monitoring: Overview of the GEOGLAM Crop Monitor for Early Warning (CM4EW)4
  • Hands-On with NASA: An Earth Day Experience15
  • Meeting Summaries
  • Summary of the 2018 GWIS and GOFC-GOLD; Fire Implementation Team Meeting19
  • In The News
  • Return of GEDI’s First Data Reveals the Third Dimension of Forests25
  • Help NASA Measure Trees with Your Smartphone26
  • Data with Flippers? Studying the Ocean from a Seal's Point of View27
  • Regular Features
  • NASA Earth Science in the News29
  • Earth Science Meeting and Workshop Calendars31

Editor's Corner
Steve Platnick
EOS Senior Project Scientist

Another mission has been successfully deployed on the International Space Station (ISS).1 On May 4, 2019, the Orbiting Carbon Observatory–3 (OCO-3) mission was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on SpaceX’s Commercial Resupply Mission 17.

Two robotic arms welcomed OCO-3 upon its arrival at the station on the Dragon capsule: one to pull OCO-3 out of the capsule’s trunk and another to install it on the Japanese Experiment Module-Exposed Facility (JEM-EF). This installation was completed by May 10. Over the next two days, a functional checkout took place and OCO-3’s Pointing Mirror Assembly (PMA) was deployed. The PMA and context cameras then performed an initial survey of...