|Visualization of Remote Sensing Data :: Image Catalog|
Images produced by Fritz Hasler and Hal Pierce, Laboratory for Atmospheres, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center for the National Geographic Satellite Atlas of the World. Text by National Geographic.
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Using a mapping spectrometer, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center rendered this 3-D image of the hole in the ozone layer high above Anarctica (above). Scientists discovered the hole in the 1980s, and every austral spring the phenomenon reappears. When chlorofluorocarbons first entered international consumerism and people hailed them as wonder compounds, nobody expected that CFCs would rise into the upper atmosphere and destroy the ozone that protects Earth from harmful ultraviolet radiation.
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White whirl of death swirling in the western Atlantic, infamous Fran bears down on the Florida peninsula in early September 1996. Like many previous hurricanes, Fran changed course and headed north along the Eastern Seaboard, slamming the Carolinas with 115-mile-an-hour winds. NOAA's GOES-8, Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite, captured Fran's ominous image, giving meteorologists at the National Hurricane Center in Florida a good view of the approaching storm. Using the satellite as their eye in the sky, they could watch Fran's movement toward the coast and send out timely warnings to people living in her path.
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