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The Earth Observer: Jan - Feb, 2009

Volume 21, Issue 1

In This Issue

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  • Editor’s Corner Front Cover
  • Feature Articles
  • Reflections on the Early Days of EOS: A Biased and Unexpurgated History4
  • Return to Siberia: The 2008 Kotuykan River Expedition9
  • Progress Update on NASA’s Earth Science Decadal Survey Missions21
  • New Satellite Observations and Rainfall Forecasts Help Provide Earlier Warning of African Drought23
  • Determining Carbon Consequences of Vegetation Change Dynamics in North America with Long-Term Multi-Resolution Data28
  • Meeting/Workshop Summaries
  • The Atmospheric Sounding Science Team Meeting35
  • Aura Science Team Meeting Summary41
  • Glory Science Team Meeting43
  • CERES Science Team Meeting45
  • In The News
  • New Satellite Data Reveal Impact of Olympic Pollution Controls48
  • Modeling Radiation Exposure for Pilots, Crew and Passengers on Commercial Flights50
  • Regular Features
  • EOS Scientists in the News52
  • NASA Science Mission Directorate—Science Education Update54
  • Science Calendars55

Editor’s Corner

Steve Platnick EOS Senior Project Scientist – Acting

In this first issue of 2009 [Volume 21], we are pleased to have another installment in our periodic Perspectives on EOS series. In this series, we’ve been presenting a variety of personal experiences on the history of the Earth Observing System Program. Our objective with this series is twofold: (1) to share the fascinating story of the “difficult journey of a good idea” as the vision of a series of satellites that would study our home planet evolved and eventually became reality; and (2) to provide a historical perspective that helps inform those involved in developing future Earth science missions (such as those now in the planning stages initiated in response to the National Academy’s Earth Science Decadal Survey).

In this issue, we hear from Piers Sellers. Sellers is now a Mission Specialist Astronaut at the Johnson Space Center. Before he became a “satellite” himself, Sellers had...