Last week, NASA retired one of its greats — the Earth Observing-1 (EO-1) satellite. Initially commissioned for the agency’s New Millennium Program, EO-1 proved to be the satellite that could. Its one-year mission turned into nearly 17.
EO-1 was never meant to be such a star. In fact, its original purpose was to test and refine technologies for future Earth imaging. It was launched on November 21, 2000 with 13 new technologies, three of which had never been tested. Many of the most stunning images were capture by the Advanced Land Imager (ALI).
“EO-1 has changed the way spectral Earth measurements are being made and used by the science community,” Betsy Middleton, EO-1’s project scientist said in a NASA news release.
But EO-1 did more than just prove a few instruments. During it’s mission the satellite captured a bunch of remarkable images, many of them firsts for a satellite, including the first to map of an active lava flow, first to measure a facility’s methane leak, and the first track Amazon forest regrowth.
Though the satellite has been retired, it will continue to orbit Earth until it burns up in the atmosphere in the 2050s. “We’ll probably just see EO-1 as a streak in the sky as it disintegrates,” Middleton said.
After its worst quarter ever, where Sony Mobile shipped less than 1 million smartphones for the first time, the future looks decidedly bleak. Can Sony’s smartphone business be turned around, or is it time to call it?
Small satellites can be used for all sorts of purposes, and NASA has been searching for ideas to push ahead the capabilities of the hardware. The agency has announced two new projects to demonstrate the potential of small satellites.
With its Mars 2020 mission, NASA hopes to collect samples from the surface of the planet. The challenge is how to get those samples back to Earth. Now, NASA has revealed its plans for two followup missions to Mars.
Last year, the OSIRIS-REx craft arrived at asteroid Bennu, from which it will collect a sample from the asteroid to be brought back to Earth. Now, the NASA team has selected four potential sites to choose from for the sampling mission.
Nikon has pulled back the veil on its latest Z series lens, the Nikkor Z 85mm F1.8 prime lens. The lens uses optics designed for sharpness, autofocus designed for both photo and video, and a weather-sealed exterior.
Ona's new camera bags take inspiration from classic favorites and mix in new elements for the company's line of summer and fall releases. The new line of seven bags ranges from backpack to duffle bag, from full gear kits to a…
You don't need to spend a ton of money to get a good camera phone. We take a look at some of our favorite midrange phones, ranging from the $350 Samsung Galaxy A50 to the $669 OnePlus 7 Pro, to find the best camera in this category.
A GoPro is only as good as the tools you use with it. With so many options on the market, finding the best GoPro accessories can be a hassle, but you'll find our favorites here, from dive housings to dog harnesses.
Hate the daunting interface of Photoshop, or don't like being forced into a subscription plan? Here are four Photoshop alternatives to consider, from a powerful free option to approachable programs that still tackle advanced edits.
Some receipts can't be recycled, but they can be used as photo paper. The Alulu is an instant camera that uses thermal receipt paper instead of film. The camera's creators say the camera creates environmentally-friendly instant prints.
Looking for a strong app to organize and edit your RAW photos? From beautifully designed apps like Skylum Luminar to professional tools like CaptureOne, here are the best Adobe Lightroom alternatives for 2019.
To some photographers, bokeh is a sought-after aspect of a photograph; to others, it's a buzzword that just won't die. But there's no denying that, when used correctly, bokeh can help your photos and videos pop.