Twenty Years of Satellite Imagery: Watching Earth Breathe from Space
NASA’s launch of the Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS) in 1997 began what is now a continuous, global view of both land and ocean life. A new animation captures the entirety of this 20-year record, made possible by multiple satellites, compressing a decades-long view of life on Earth into a captivating few minutes.
Watch the full video and read more in the NASA feature article: “The Changing Colors of Our Living Planet“.
More images and videos at Goddard Media Studios.
USS Indianapolis Ruins Discovered in North Pacific
On Aug. 18, 2017 an expedition crew aboard RV Petrel, a research vessel owned by Paul Allen, located the remains of USS Indianapolis at a depth of 5,500 m in the North Pacific Ocean.
Indianapolis suffered an attack by Japanese submarine torpedoes in the final days of World War II after making a secret delivery to the island of Tinian with components of the nuclear weapons the U.S. dropped on Japan. The ship sunk within 12 minutes in the Philippine Sea on Jul. 30, 1945. Only 316 of the 1,196 men on board survived, including Captain Charles Butler McVay III.
The ship’s discovery this August follows a number of previous unsuccessful efforts in the decades since the war. Successful discovery was aided by information from a naval landing craft sighting on the night the ship sank, information gained from a Naval History and Heritage Command historian last year, and the use of RV Petrel’s subsea equipment capable of diving to 6,000 m.
Navy Commander Fired in Wake of USS McCain Collision
On Monday, the USS John S. McCain collided with an oil tanker off Singapore, resulting in 10 sailors missing. In the wake of the accident, some remains have been found, and VAdm. Joseph Aucoin, the three-star commander of the U.S. 7th Fleet, was relieved of command.
The Navy said it had lost “confidence” in the commander.
Aucoin’s removal follows four accidents involving Navy ships in the Pacific this year.
Read the NPR story here.
Photo Credit: U.S. Navy
August 2017 E-Book Now Available
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‘Marine Megatropolis’ Photo Exhibit
“Marine Megatropolis 1974-1981,” featuring photos by Bob Evans, will be on display at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum in California November 16, 2017 through April 2018.
The exhibit includes 26 images selected from expeditions by Bob Evans and Andrew J. McMullen of La Mer Bleu Productions in Santa Barbara. Bob and Andy photo-documented the marine life as it developed beneath the offshore oil platforms of the Santa Barbara Channel between 1974 and 1981.
Evans told us that the legendary scientist and explorer Willard Bascom introduced him to Sea Technology magazine in the 1970s and that one of Evans’s images of offshore oil platforms was used as a cover shot for ST.