CASIS partners with TERC and Association of Space Explorers |
29 May 2012
The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), the nonprofit organization managing research on the International Space Station (ISS), signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the TERC to provide a $300,000 investment that will greatly improve the process for attaining on-orbit photography from the ISS, as well as use of Earth images for scientific research and education.
TERC, an education non-profit, in collaboration with the Association of Space Explorers (ASE) will enhance and adapt the Windows on Earth software for use by astronauts to replace the current multi-step process for targeting, photographing and geo-referencing images.
Windows on Earth was originally developed by TERC with funding from the National Science Foundation as an educational tool for use in museums, and it is currently installed at the National Air and Space Museum, Boston Museum of Science and several other museums. Astronaut members of the ASE recognized the potential of the simulation software to assist astronauts on the ISS and in 2008, a beta version was piloted on orbit. The agreement with CASIS allows for the full development of the integrated tool for permanent use on the ISS.
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