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August 23, 2012

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i got my initial training in image analysis on Landsat data so I really appreciate your summary! the entire archive of Landsat series is free to download. you can browse and download Landsat imagery for further image analysis and processing at http://landsat.usgs.gov/Landsat_Search_and_Download.php

Suvrat

Me too, Suvrat! A long time ago now, first of all working on Landsat images of the Basin and Range of Nevada; then comparing the Ouachita Mountains and the Makran accretionary wedge to come up with some outrageous analogue hypothesis....

We obviously feel the same way about the contributions of this program - and thanks for putting in the primary link.

This is an excellent perspective to add in a time of never-ending argument/debate ... thanks

One reason to miss the USSR is that the USA felt it had to compete on this level to retain its leadership. (In the arts, as well): http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/modern-art-was-cia-weapon-1578808.html
The new competitive barbarism of the technology-security complex may increase aerial surveillance, but alas seems unlikely to foster open publication.

Richard - that link to the article on the CIA and Abstract Expressionism is fascinating, and something I was completely unaware of.

It led me to hallucinate a traveling exhibition of NASA's Earth as Art images that would emphasize their complete lack of competition from the legacy of the USSR - an antidote to competitive barbarism. But the idea is, of course, pure fantasy - the likes of Rockefeller and his "Mummy's museum" seem to be in short supply these days.

An entertaining hallucination. That show would make a very strong point. The NASA site itself makes a similar point, strongly. Perhaps better, however, not to be too strong, or attract too much attention: Uncle's museum is more susceptible than Millionaire Mummy's:
http://www.seattlepi.com/ae/article/Seattleite-Subhankar-Banerjee-s-photos-of-Arctic-1176800.php

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