Earth Observation Mission News
NASA’s 'Space Botanist' Gathers First Data
24 July 2018
Just days after its successful installation on the International Space Station, NASA's newest Earth-observing mission, the ECOsystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on Space Station (ECOSTRESS), has collected its first science data on Earth's surface temperature.
ECOSTRESS will measure the temperature of plants from space, enabling researchers to determine how much water plants use and to study how droughts affect plant health.
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech - ECOSTRESS acquired this image the night of 9 July over Egypt