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Monday, September 10, 2012

UPDATE: Spot 6 Now in Orbit

From the Indian Space Research Organization:

Countdown Commences for the Launch of PSLV-C21 Carrying French Satellite SPOT 6 and Japanese Satellite PROITERES

The Launch Authorisation Board (LAB) for Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C21)/SPOT-6/PROITERES mission, which met on September 05, 2012 at Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota has cleared the launch of (PSLV-C21)/SPOT-6/PROITERES mission at 09:51 hrs (IST) on Sunday, September 9, 2012.

The 51-hour countdown commenced at 06:51 hours today (September 7, 2012). During the Countdown, propellant-filling operations of the liquid propellant second stage (PS2) and fourth stage (PS4) of the launch vehicle will be carried out. Besides, mandatory checks on the launch vehicle and spacecraft will be carried out. Also, charging of batteries and pressurisation of propellant tanks onboard the satellite will be performed. Readiness of various ground systems such as tracking radar systems and communication networks will also be ascertained.

PSLV-C21 will inject SPOT-6 and PROITERES satellites into an orbit of 655 km altitude at an inclination of 98.23o.

by Joe Francica on 09/10 at 01:29 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

In short, that a tech publication would bother to discuss the article with an actual cartographer.

The article in question came out in The Atlantic last week, titled, How Google Builds Its Maps—and What It Means for the Future of Everything.

Last Friday, on that day's episode of Tech News Today, Tom Merritt called an old friend, Theresa Noyes, Professional Cartographer in Austin, TX, per the show notes, to discuss the matter. I thought she was pretty savvy in explaining things to a non-geo audience. Interestingly, her current title, per LinkedIn is Senior GIS Analyst Lower Colorado River Authority. She also teaches cartography at Austin Community College.

I was psyched the show called in an expert. My only question: if Tom didn't know this person, would he have found someone else? Who would he have called?

by Adena Schutzberg on 09/10 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Among the topics covered in a back to school article about the importance of sleep for college students by the AP, is this tidbit:

Macalester College in Minnesota publishes a "nap map" listing the pros and cons of various campus snooze sites.

I don't recall needing a map at the University of Chicago...the big chairs in Regenstein Library were my favorites. The orange ones. 

- Journal Now

Students and faculty from Delta State University's Center for Interdisciplinary Geospatial Information played a helping hand with search and rescue procedures as Hurricane Isaac pounded the Mississippi Gulf Coast. ...Three juniors joined Director Talbot Brooks last Sunday and Monday as they assisted at MEMA headquarters in Jackson. ...An example of some of the work done by GIT with this storm can be viewed online at

It's a very early prototype titled: Hurricane Isaac USNG GeoPDF Download Flex Viewer 

-The Bolivar Commercial

Vatche Tchakerian, Geography professor and head of the department, [at Texas A & M] investigates this connection between artist and landscape in his First-Year Seminar course, Earth Art: Geosciences and the Arts. "We explore how geography, geomorphology, geology and the environment are represented in the major art movements from prehistory to today," Tchakerian says. "We look at paintings, for example, to identify what kind of geosciences information can we identify. Are they accurate? What does the information convey to the viewer?"

- TAMU News

This is just an interesting data point of how Esri's online courses are used in education via twitter:

EDSE447 & 648: Here's the link for #ESRI 3-hr free web course "Teaching w GIS: Using #GIS in the Classroom" Due:10/16

Best I can tell it's for this course at OLE MISS:

447. SPECIAL METHODS I: SOCIAL STUDIES. Selected concepts, skills, and materials for teaching of secondary social studies; use of materials and technology in association with related applications and field experience. Prerequisite: enrollment restricted to teacher education. (3)

- tweet


by Adena Schutzberg on 09/10 at 02:13 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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