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NASA, Amazon Launch Earth Data Repository
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cbabcock
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cbabcock,
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11/18/2013 | 8:15:53 PM
Academic, citizen researchers get valuable data
This repository is going to spur a lot of university and citizen research. For example, if I lived in the Rocky Mountains, I'd want to plot the rising temperature gradient as it moves up the mountain slopes. Bark beetles die if they encounter a winter temperature of -50, but fewer of them are, they're spreading among the Lodge Pole Pines and killing them by the 100,000s. How about a Google Maps and Earth Exchange mashup that shows when they'll reach your neighborhood? The creation of this repository is going to be a spur to action in many ways.
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11/18/2013 | 3:57:16 PM
Disruptive
This is fabulous, and it's probably going to be quite disruptive to the companies who make money by making these datasets much easier to get than how the federal government currently makes them available.
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11/18/2013 | 9:33:56 AM
Countdown from the Space Coast
I'd guess this repository will eventually house data that'll be collected from today's launch to Mars. Here on the Space Coast of Florida we're excitedly awaiting the 1:30-ish countdown. It's not as thrilling as the old manned missions, but there is still a thrill associated with walking out the front door and watching a rocket blasting into space. 


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