NASA’s ‘Space Botanist’ Observes California, Nevada Wildfires
02 August 2018
NASA's Ecosystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on Space Station (ECOSTRESS) has captured new imagery of three wildfires burning in California and Nevada -- the first image of its kind to be taken by the agency's newest Earth-observing mission.
ECOSTRESS' primary mission is to detect plant health by monitoring Earth's surface temperature from the vantage point of the International Space Station. However, it can also detect other heat-related phenomenon -- like heat waves, volcanoes and fires.
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech - ECOSTRESS image acquired on July 28 shows three wildfires burning in the western US