Magazine article Technology and Children

Super Space Camera Will Help Care for Earth

Magazine article Technology and Children

Super Space Camera Will Help Care for Earth

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Solar Energy at Work in NASA's Super Space Camera

In November 2000, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) launched a very advanced spacecraft into orbit around Earth. This spacecraft is called Earth Observing 1 (EO1). And "Earth observing" it is! One of the cameras onboard is so sensitive its images can be used to tell a pine tree from an oak tree -- from 700 kilometers (420 miles) up in space! No other camera has been able to do this.

The pictures that EO1 sends back to us will show scientists where new trees are growing or being cut down in forests around the world. EO1 will gather data on how much snow is on the ground during different seasons and will look at the "burn scars" left by big fires. It will take pictures of cities too. City officials can use these pictures to keep track of how many buildings are being built and how fast a city is growing.

E01 is following closely behind another NASA spacecraft currently orbiting Earth. …

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