The view from space [electronic resource] : NASA's evolving struggle to understand our home planet / Richard B. Leshner and Thor Hogan.

By: Leshner, Richard B [author.]Contributor(s): Smith, Kimberly K, 1966- [editor.] | Hogan, Thor [author.]Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooksEnvironment and society: Publisher: Lawrence, Kansas : University Press of Kansas, [2019]Copyright date: ©2019Description: 1 online resourceISBN: 9780700628339; 0700628339Subject(s): Earth sciences -- Remote sensing | Earth sciences -- Observations | Artificial satellites in remote sensing | Artificial satellites in earth sciencesAdditional physical formats: Print version:: No titleDDC classification: 550.28/4 LOC classification: QE33.2.R4 | L46 2019Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Although NASA has focused on space exploration, in this era of climate change, it is important to realize that the agency's work has been concerned with Earth observations. The authors here consider the history and policy decisions that have led to important projects for studying the planet. The book begins with a summary of space exploration from the earliest concepts, leading to the expansion of space science from the late 1950s to the 1960s. The initial observation efforts were accomplished through weather satellite programs. The Landsat series, started in the 1970s, is the agency's longest-running program for the capture of satellite imagery of Earth. Earth Observing System (EOS) is NASA's current program, involving a series of satellites designed for long-term observations of the planet's land surface and biosphere, as documented at the agency's website ( This book considers the effects of the broad shifting bureaucratic and budgetary landscape at NASA on funding and scheduling these important Earth observation missions. The authors adopt a scholarly historical approach that incorporates an extensive reference list (also eschewing illustrations). Arguably intended for a specialized audience, yet general readers may find the content interesting. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, faculty, and professionals. General readers. --John Z. Kiss, UNC-Greensboro

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