According to some Christian outlooks we were made for another world. Perhaps, rather, we were made for this world to recreate, reclaim, redeem, and renew unto God's future aspiration by the power of His Spirit. - R.E. Slater
Secularization theory has been massively falsified. We don't live in an age of secularity. We live in an age of explosive, pervasive religiosity... an age of religious pluralism. - Peter L. Berger
Exploring the edge of life and faith in a post-everything world. - Todd Littleton
I don't need another reason to believe, your love is all around for me to see. – anon
Thou art our need; and in giving us more of thyself thou givest us all. - Khalil Gibran, Prayer XXIII
Be careful what you pretend to be. You become what you pretend to be. - Kurt Vonnegut
Religious beliefs, far from being primary, are often shaped and adjusted by our social goals. - Jim Forest
People, even more than things, need to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone. – anon
Certainly God's love has made fools of us all. - R.E. Slater
An apocalyptic Christian faith doesn't wait for Jesus to come, but for Jesus to become in our midst. - R.E. Slater
Christian belief in God begins with the cross and resurrection of Jesus, not with rational apologetics. - Eberhard Jüngel, Jürgen Moltmann
Our knowledge of God is through the 'I-Thou' encounter, not in finding God at the end of a syllogism or argument. There is a grave danger in any Christian treatment of God as an object. The God of Jesus Christ and Scripture is irreducibly subject and never made as an object, a force, a power, or a principle that can be manipulated. - Emil Brunner
Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh means "I will be that who I have yet to become." - God (Ex 3.14)
Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. - Thomas Merton
The church is God's world-changing social experiment of bringing unlikes and differents to the Eucharist/Communion table to share life with one another as a new kind of family. When this happens we show to the world what love, justice, peace, reconciliation, and life together is designed by God to be. The church is God's show-and-tell for the world to see how God wants us to live as a blended, global, polypluralistic family united with one will, by one Lord, and baptized by one Spirit. – anon
The cross that is planted at the heart of the history of the world cannot be uprooted. - Jacques Ellul
The Unity in whose loving presence the universe unfolds is inside each person as a call to welcome the stranger, protect animals and the earth, respect the dignity of each person, think new thoughts, and help bring about ecological civilizations. - John Cobb & Farhan A. Shah
If you board the wrong train it is of no use running along the corridors of the train in the other direction. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
God's justice is restorative rather than punitive; His discipline is merciful rather than punishing; His power is made perfect in weakness; and His grace is sufficient for all. – anon
Our little [biblical] systems have their day; they have their day and cease to be. They are but broken lights of Thee, and Thou, O God art more than they. - Alfred Lord Tennyson

Sunday, April 27, 2014

EarthSpeak Series - NASA Sees Earth From Orbit: 2013



NASA Sees Earth From Orbit: 2013
http://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/nasa-sees-earth-from-orbit-2013-0/#.U1y2KfldX9z

April 21, 2014

A fleet of orbiting satellites monitors Earth constantly. The satellites from NASA and other space agencies give us a fresh, wide perspective on things that we can see from the ground – and things that we can’t.

A look back at Earth in 2013 from the viewpoint of orbit reveals the kind of data gathering and technical achievement that are the reason NASA puts Earth-observing satellites in space. A visualization of satellite and computer model data shows how a cloud of dust from the Chelyabinsk meteor moved around the world. NASA satellites measured the intensity of wildfires, the salinity of the oceans and rainfall around the globe – whether it was too little or too much.

Satellites also helped bring us discovery – like the “mega-canyon,” longer than the Grand Canyon, found under a mile of Greenland ice. Meanwhile, far from the world’s ice sheets, scientists used a new technique to measure the fluorescence of plants. The visualized result shows a glowing world that is both awe-inspiring and instructive.

The satellite view of Earth allows for everything from the terrifying to the peaceful. Satellites gave us imagery of typhoon Usagi rapidly intensifying and they gave us humbling images of a storm that spawned tornadoes in Oklahoma. Satellites also showed us how the seasons change, and how the world looks from above, on the International Space Station, as the Earth spins and night turns to day.

NASA works to better understand and protect our home planet. Our data and research helps improve environmental prediction and prepare for natural hazards and climate change. In 2014, five NASA missions are launching to space – the most active year for NASA Earth science in more than a decade.

To learn more about NASA’s Earth science in 2014, please visit: www.nasa.gov/earthrightnow


NASA Sees Earth From Orbit: 2013
A highlight reel of some of the best images and data visualizations
of the planet in 2013 from NASA and partner agency satellites




Earth Right Now: Your planet is changing. We're on it.

Five new NASA Earth science missions are launching
in 2014 to expand our understanding of Earth’s changing
climate and environment.

Dune movement around Aorounga, Chad


Close-up of flooding in Mozambique


Alaska's Pavlof volcano seen erupting in 2013





Published on Apr 21, 2014
A fleet of orbiting satellites monitors Earth constantly. The satellites from NASA and other space agencies give us a fresh, wide perspective on things that we can see from the ground -- and things that we can't.

A look back at Earth in 2013 from the viewpoint of orbit reveals the kind of data gathering and technical achievement that are the reason NASA puts Earth-observing satellites in space. A visualization of satellite and computer model data shows how a cloud of dust from the Chelyabinsk meteor moved around the world. NASA satellites measured the intensity of wildfires, the salinity of the oceans and rainfall around the globe -- whether it was too little or too much.
To learn more about NASA's Earth science in 2014, please visit: www.nasa.gov/earthrightnow

Imagery used in this video, in order:
Views of a Distant Earth
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD...

Earth and Moon
http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/vis/a000000/...

Current Earth Observing Fleet
http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/vis/a030000/...

Term3_ISS From Night to Day to Night Again
http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov/Videos/CrewEa...

Astronaut View of Fires in Colorado
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Natu...

Extensive Ice Fractures in the Beaufort Sea
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD...

Dune Movement Around Aorounga
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD...

San Francisco Region at Night
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD...

Whiting Event, Lake Ontario
http://earth.jsc.nasa.gov/debrief/ISS...

Dust Plumes over the Mediterranean
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Natu...

Mt. St. Helens
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD...

El Paso
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD...

Close-Up of Flooding in Mozambique
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD...

Drought Dries Elephant Butte Reservoir
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD...

Oklahoma Tornadoes
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Natu...

Floods in Colorado
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Natu...

Pavlof Volcano
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Natu...

Swirling Sediment Reveals Erosive Power of New England Storm
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD...

Never at Rest: The Air over Los Angeles
http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/vis/a000000/...

Measuring Soil Moisture from Space
http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/vis/a030000/...

Antarctic Bedrock
http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/vis/a000000/...

Seeing Photosynthesis from Space
http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/vis/a010000/...

Greenland's Mega Canyon
http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/vis/a000000/...

Chelyabinsk Bolide Plume as seen by NPP and NASA Models
http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/vis/a000000/...

Narrated Distributed Water Balance of the Nile Basin
http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/vis/a010000/...

NEO Observations (various)
http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/advs...

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Planet Earth At a Glance

Planet Earth At a Glance


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