Web Site NotesOceanography from the Space Shuttle was originally published in July 1989 by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) and the Office of Naval Research (ONR). By the summer of 1996 few copies were available, so the Goddard DAAC decided to publish the material on the World Wide Web. The Web version is an attempt to provide the full content of the book, with navigation appropriate to the internet, and to make available high resolution files of the original Space Shuttle photographs. It was originally published in September of 1996.
This web site is optimized for browsers such as Netscape and Microsoft Internet Explorer. Please view the site with images turned on, and with a true color (16 or 24 bit) display.
The photographs this site is based on are filled with many fine details at the limits or the camera's ability to resolve. Unfortunately, there was substantial degredation in the process of scanning, reducing, and compressing the images. This is due to the poor quailty of some of the prints, the limitations of JPEG compression, and the reproduction of JPEG images by web browsers. It is especially evident in images with smooth color gradients and very fine detail. Better quality can be achieved by downloading the images and viewing them with a graphics application.
The high resolution images are saved in TIFF format, LZW compression, Macintosh byte order using Adobe Photoshop. If you hjave problems downloading these images, please contact Robert Simmon at the Goddard DAAC. (email@example.com)
To order prints of these photographs, contact:
- Mike Gentry
Media Resource Center
NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Houston, TX 77058
(713) 483-2848 fax
In the future overlays with geographic information will be added to the images, as well as global maps locating the site of each image, and detail views showing small features. In addition the images may be rescanned, and they may be correlated with Coastal Zone Color Scanner (CZCS) data showing phytoplankton concentrations.
If you have any questions or comments contact Becky Farr. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
To learn more about observing the oceans from space, see the Goddard DAAC Ocean Color Data Support Team.