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The View From The Shuttle Orbiter - Observing The Oceans From Manned Space Flights
Author(s): John L. Kaltenbach; Michael R. Helfert; Gordon L. Wells
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Paper Abstract

Point observations of the world's oceans still remain limited. The unpredictable working environment of the air-sea interface, coupled with the seemingly boundless area, makes ship-board and aircraft sensor systems expensive and restricted investigative tools. Remote sensing from space is the answer. Requirements for near real-time information of the ocean/ atmosphere physical environment continue to grow. Space oceanography promises great improvement in meaningful coverage as orbiting satellites gather and relay data. Unmanned satelites may eventually provide the data required to satisfy many of the ocean scientist's needs, but much of the knowledge and design of these systems will come from what is seen and documented from space today. Astronauts, trained in the Space Shuttle Earth Observations project to observe the Earth from orbital altitudes, are now contributing scientific observations and photography to ocean investigations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 September 1984
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 0489, Ocean Optics VII, (27 September 1984); doi: 10.1117/12.943306
Show Author Affiliations
John L. Kaltenbach, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (United States)
Michael R. Helfert, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (United States)
Gordon L. Wells, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0489:
Ocean Optics VII
Marvin A. Blizard, Editor(s)

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