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IMAGE Satellite Yields Visions of the Invisible.
January 26, 2001
IMAGE satellite Yields Visions of the Invisible
NASA Sets February 7 for Shuttle Launch
Largest Human Gathering Imaged from Space
IMAGE satellite YIELDS VISIONS OF THE INVISIBLE
For the first time scientists have pictures of the magnetic field that encircles our planet, traps energetic particles, protects us from solar flares and gives us indescribable auroras. While various satellites have been able to measure the magnetic field as they circled the Earth, they could only report what it was like where they were. Now, instruments from the Johns Hopkins University Applied physics Laboratory, flying on board the Imager for Magnetosphere-to-Aurora Global Exploration spacecraft, are providing global views of Earth's magnetic and plasma environment.
NASA SETS FEBRUARY 7 FOR SHUTTLE LAUNCH
Space officials from NASA announced yesterday that the Space Shuttle Atlantis would launch on February 7 on its mission to space station Alpha. Once docked with Alpha, Atlantis will install the US-built Destiny laboratory module. The mission was originally supposed to launch mid-January, but suspected problems with electrical cables connecting the shuttle to the booster rockets kept it grounded for inspections.
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LARGEST HUMAN GATHERING IMAGED FROM SPACE
Space Imaging's Ikonos satellite has taken high-resolution images of the largest gathering of human beings on the planet, Maha Kumbh Mela. The spiritual event is held every 144 years in Northern India, and this year it's expected to gather 70 million people who will bathe at the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati rivers. The one-metre resolution image clearly shows the river clouded with people - an estimate 30 million in this image alone.
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