Extreme Heat in Death Valley Monitored by ECOSTRESS on Space Station

Death Valley National Park Land Surface Temperature August 2020 Annotated

August 16, 2020. (Click image for high-resolution view.)

On August 16, 2020, temperatures in Southern California approached the highest levels ever reliably recorded on Earth. That day, NASA’s ECOsystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on Space Station, or ECOSTRESS, collected a wide view of the heat wave across the region.

The map above shows land surface temperatures (LSTs) at 8:50 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time on August 16 around Death Valley National Park. Note that LSTs are not the same as air temperatures: They reflect how hot the surface of the Earth would feel to the touch and can sometimes be significantly hotter or cooler than air temperatures. Two days earlier, ECOSTRESS also collected late-afternoon heatwave data from Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley.

Mounted on the outside of the International Space Station (ISS), ECOSTRESS uses a radiometer to measure thermal infrared energy emitted from Earth’s surface. It was specifically designed to gather insight into the health of vegetation, but it can also measure the “skin temperature” of Earth’s land surfaces. The unique orbit of the ISS enables ECOSTRESS to capture data at different times of day, as opposed to the regular (usually midday) observations made by many Earth-observing satellites. The sensor has a resolution of about 70 by 70 meters per pixel, about the size of a football field.

NASA Earth Observatory image by Joshua Stevens, using data courtesy of Kerry Cawse-Nicholson/NASA/JPL-Caltech and the ECOSTRESS science team.

10 Comments on "Extreme Heat in Death Valley Monitored by ECOSTRESS on Space Station"

  1. There is no space station liars. It’s funny the space station is supposedly about a football field long and its 250 miles high. That would be 1,300,000 ft away. Somewhere in that range. And a large passenger jet in approximately 200 feet long and they travel at 30,000 ft. You can barely see the darn thing. And you expect people with common sense to beleive we can see the fake space station 250 miles away….lmbo 😂😂😂😂😂🤣🤣

  2. Thanks for the wonderful news (sarc). In twenty years, maybe our orbiting observatories will pinpoint gigafactories on the moon. That way, we can dig for the resources to create the clean energy capacity to actually slow global warming.

  3. This report could have been more interesting if numerical data had been presented.
    I would appreciate such information presented in a succinct, grammatically correct English.

  4. Jeff… Your logic is flawed. Educate yourself a bit, before going on a “the ISS doesn’t exist” rant. Having been part of launching every component from US soil since 2000, the ISS IS very real..

    Satellites much smaller than the ISS, are also visible. The solar panels on the ISS, catch enough sunlight after sunset, or just before sunrise (sun already visible at 250 miles up), to make it the third brightest object in the sky.

  5. Robert McHenry | August 23, 2020 at 3:36 pm | Reply

    Jeff needs to download the ISS app on android. Shows where it will pass over. We watch it all the time. You can see the sun reflecting off of it. Where are all the intelligent people these days.

  6. Jeff don’t need no steenking EVIDENCE.
    EVIDENCE is worldly + SATANIC !!!

  7. There is a legend at the bottom of the map. It is in Celsius though!

  8. 118 degrees Farenheit, for anyone else who doesn’t understand colors or legends.
    Wow… I guess “they’re” succeeding.

  9. Cookie monster | August 23, 2020 at 9:26 pm | Reply

    Jeff needs help.

  10. Gregory Phillip Dearth | August 24, 2020 at 12:21 pm | Reply

    Poor Jeff. He would rather remain delusional than investigate this claim and be potentially proven wrong. What you need is a 12 inch telescope with a good tracking mount, the ISS app on a smart phone, and knowledge on how I use both. Then he could clearly SEE with his own eyes the ISS. I did this with the MIR decades ago. It was pretty cool.

    If the cost of such equipment is an issue, one can simply Google amateur astronomer images of the ISS and see the plethora of captures. Some of the crispest images are when the ISS is silougheted against the disc of the Sun.

    The proof is in the math, of course. The predictive power of the ISS app, whereby it precisely predicts when and where to look, should be sufficient for anyone with the ability to think in abstract concepts.

    The mathematics based on the spherical Earth and the planets, satellites, and other bodies in our solar system would ONLY work if the mainstream (consensus) view of our solar system was absolutely correct.

    That is, all of the predictions of planet positions and satellite flyovers wouldn’t work if flat-Earthers and ISS deniers were right. The fact that these predictions work so precisely is absolute proof they are wrong.

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