Thursday, October 2, 2008

New Orleans from Space - October 1968

NASA's Apollo 7 Spacecraft was the vantage point for this forty-year-old photograph of New Orleans. The image was taken from an altitude of 97 nautical miles, as Apollo 7 made its 120th revolution around the earth. It is one of over 9000 press photographs made available for researchers by NASA's Johnson Space Center through its Digital Image Collection portal, which is also accessible via the metadata harvester OAIster. To view 2005 Landsat Program pictures of New Orleans before and after Hurricane Katrina, click here.

Why use a harvester? Well, as the metadata specialists emphasize, if you rely on Internet search engines such as google, you are missing out on a lot of what is out there in the so-called "hidden" web. Click here to read more.

The Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas, Texas currently houses the Apollo 7 module, which is on loan from the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum.

NASA Technical Report Server (NTRS). New Orleans as Seen from the Apollo 7 Spacecraft. 19.10.1968 AS07-08-1917 ]

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