12 Jul '11, 1pm

A look back at how the Space Shuttle has advanced NASA's study of Planet Earth. #STS135

A look back at how the Space Shuttle has advanced NASA's study of Planet Earth. #STS135

Jack Kaye, associate director for NASA’s Earth Science Division, put it this way in a recent book entitled Wings In Orbit : The Space Shuttle launched major satellites that helped revolutionize our study of the Earth. Its on-board experiments provided discoveries and new climatologies never before available...It provided for multiple flight opportunities for highly calibrated instruments to help verify results from satellites...Shuttle flights provided for on-orbit demonstration of techniques that helped pave the way for subsequent instruments and satellites...The shuttle enabled international cooperation . NASA’s Space Shuttle program comes to an end this month with the launch of Atlantis . Over the years, Earth Observatory has featured many images, data sets, and human insights from the Space Shuttle program. The following pages pay homage to those achievements and the u...

Full article: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/ShuttleRetrospe...

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