News | NASA Maps Beirut Blast Damage - Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Scientists are using satellite data to map ground surface changes in the aftermath of the recent explosion.
Scientists are using satellite data to map ground surface changes in the aftermath of the recent explosion. NASA's Advanced Rapid Imaging and Analysis (ARIA) team, in collaboration with the Earth Observatory of Singapore, used satellite-derived synthetic aperture radar data to map the likely extent of damage from a massive Aug. 4 explosion in Beirut. Synthetic aperture radar data from space shows ground surface changes from before and after a major event like an earthquake. In this case, it is being used to show the devastating result of an explosion. On the map, dark red pixels - like those present at and around the Port of Beirut - represent the most severe damage. Areas in orange are moderately damaged and areas in yellow are likely to have sustained somewhat less damage. Each colored pixel represents an area of 30 meters (33 yards). Maps like this one can help identify badly damaged areas where people may need assistance. The explosion occurred near the city's port. It claimed more than 150 lives and is estimated to have caused billions of dollars' worth of damage. The map contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data processed by ESA (European Space Agency) and analyzed by ARIA team scientists at NASA JPL, Caltech, and Earth Observatory of Singapore. Located in Pasadena, California, Caltech manages JPL for NASA. More information on ARIA can be found here: https://aria.jpl.nasa.gov/ News Media Contact Ian J. O'Neill / Jane J. LeeJet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.818-354-2649 / [email protected] / [email protected]
NASA Plans for More SLS Rocket Boosters to Launch Artemis Missions - NASA
NASA has taken the next steps toward building Space Launch System (SLS) solid rocket boosters to support as many as six additional flights, for a total of up to nine Artemis missions.
Young Giant Planet Offers Clues to Formation of Exotic Worlds - NASA
Jupiter-size planets orbiting close to their stars have upended ideas about how giant planets form. Finding young members of this planet class could help answer key questions.
NASA Names Acting International Space Station Program Manager - NASA
Kathy Lueders, NASA’s associate administrator for Human Exploration and Operations, has named Joel Montalbano as acting manager of the International Space Station Program. The appointment is effective Friday, June 26, the date Kirk Shireman, who has been in t…