Our planet Earth is in constant flux and as the rate of technology rapidly increases, so does our understanding of the world we live in. Human beings have altered the surface of the planet in many disastrous ways. One of the projects in which NASA together with TIME, Google, and the U.S. Geological Survey have collaborated is Timelapse, a project that sheds light on the how the Earth’s surface has shifted over the years.
NASA created the Landsat program, a series of satellites that would orbit Earth and look down. Using eight satellites Landsat has been mapping the surface of Earth for over twenty years. In total they have accumulated millions of images that trace changes to the earth’s surface including Dubai, Shanghai and Las Vegas.
To see theses shifts in the planet’s surface check out Timelapse at http://world.time.com/timelapse/
Or check out this video to see how resources exploitation impacts the face of our planet
If you are interested in developments in Earth science and technology check out NASA’s Earth Science Division, which develops a range of advanced technologies to enable new Earth science missions and practical applications for society at large.
Also, later in August this year a new satellite named GeoEye-1 will be lifted low earth orbit to double the sharpness of Google Earth’s typical 3-foot resolution.
Check out this link for more information on the project at http://www.dvice.com/archives/2008/06/geoeye1_imaging.php
Our curiosity of the world we live in, together with the advancement of science and technology promises a greater perception and understanding of Earth and ourselves.