Dr. Nicholas M. Short Sr. (

Dr. Short, a native of St. Louis, MO, is a geologist who received degrees in that field from St. Louis University (B.S.), Washington University (M.A.), and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Ph.D.); he also spent a year in graduate studies in the geosciences at The Pennsylvania State University. In his early post-graduate career, he worked for Gulf Research & Development Co., the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, and the University of Houston. During the 1960s he specialized in the effects of underground nuclear explosions and asteroidal impacts on rocks (shock metamorphism), and was one of the original Principal Investigators of the Apollo 11 and 12 moon rocks. He joined NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in 1969 as one of the first discipline specialists supporting the Landsat program. Over the next 19 years, he authored the Landsat Tutorial Workbook and The HCMM Anthology and co- authored Mission to Earth: Landsat Views the World and Geomorphology from Space, along with publications dealing mainly with geological remote sensing. After retiring from NASA in 1988, Dr. Short taught remote sensing at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania until 1992.



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Introduction - Part 1: The Modern History of Space


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Section 12: The Human Remote Senser in Space - Astronaut Photography


Dr. Mitchell K. Hobish, Consultant (
Section 16: Earth Systems Science - Earth Science Enterprise and the EOS Program

Dr. Mitchell K. Hobish is self-employed as a consulting synthesist, specializing in scientific and technological strategic planning and outreach. Dr. Hobish has worked with scientists and space agencies world-wide to develop concepts and approaches for efficient utilization of analytical laboratory methods for space exploration that also have high spin-off potential for terrestrial use. He is a partner (with his wife, Janice) in New Realities, LLC, a consulting firm dedicated to making technical and scientific information accessible to the general public. Dr. Hobish holds undergraduate degrees in English (with a minor in electrical engineering) from the University of Rochester, and biology, from Tulane University. He received his doctorate in biochemistry from the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Hobish has performed research in the physicochemical origins of the genetic code, the origins of chirality in biomolecules, and the thermodynamics of small molecule binding to biomacromolecules. When not working, he builds small robots and is an amateur radio operator. He also does volunteer work for the IEEE and AIAA in the areas of student outreach and education. His Web page may be viewed here.

William E. Stoney (
Section 20: Land Sensing Satellites in the Year 2000

Subsequent to a varied history in NASA, including Project Manager of the Scout launch vehicle, and Director of Engineering for the Apollo Program, Mr. Stoney began his career in satellite remote sensing as Director of NASA‚s Earth Observation Program in 1972, the year that Landsat 1 was launched. His tenure included the launch of Landsats 2 and 3, the definition and development of the Thematic Mapper, the development of NOAA‚s TIROS, and GEOS satellites and sensors, and the management of the Large Area Crop Inventory Experiment (LACIE) and the Application Research programs which initiated the development of multispectral analysis technologies. Since leaving NASA he has worked for RCA and GE supporting the development of the EOS program and for MITRE and now Mitretek supporting the current and future Landsat systems. Recently he has been closely involved with the Stennis Science Commercial Commercial Data Buy Program.

Jeff Love, PIT Developer (
Appendix B: Interactive Image Processing

Mr. Love received his B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Missouri - Rolla. He has experience designing and developing real-time data acquisition systems deployed on U.S. Navy Submarines. Mr. Love was also responsible for the development, maintenance, and support of the Common Data Format (CDF) which is used by the space physics community to store scientific data sets. More recently, he has been providing programming support for NASA GSFCs Regional Application Center (RAC) program, including the development of the Photo Interpretation Tool (PIT) used in Appendix B of this Tutorial.

Dr. Jon W. Robinson (
Appendix C: Principal Components Analysis

Dr. Robinson received his B.S. in Zoology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, He received his MA and Ph.D. in Systematics & Ecology from the University of Kansas, Lawrence. After completing his Ph.D. he worked at the Center for Research. Inc. at the University of Kansas with some of the first Landsat data. He then worked as a Biometrician at the Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. Since 1976, he has worked for a number of contractors at NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center. He currently works for Hughes STX Corporation. Over the years, he has worked with data from a variety of platforms and sensors including Heat Capacity Mapping Mission (HCMM), ), Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES), Landsat, ASAS and AVHRR. Dr. Robinson worked in the Eastern Regional Remote Sensing and Applications program at Goddard Space Flight Center during the late 1970's. This program was designed to help transfer remote sensing technology to state and local governments, and the private sector. He was a member of a two person team, training members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in remote sensing when his employer installed the first Landsat ground station in China.

Jeff Weissel (

Dr. Weissel received his BSc (Hons.) in Geophysics from the University of Sydney (Australia) in 1968, and his PhD in Marine Geophysics from the University of New South Wales in 1972. Since then he has worked at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University in Palisades, New York, where he is currently a Doherty Senior Scholar. His research interests focus on the evolution of landscapes and seascapes, with a particular emphasis on slope failure and landslide hazards. Application of remote sensing techniques to the detection and mapping of landslides is an important element of this research. NASA supports Dr. Weissel's work through its Topography and Surface Change and Solid Earth and Natural Hazards research programs. The remote sensing glossary was developed to help students taking Dr. Weissel's courses on remote sensing principles and applications at Columbia become familar with the ever-expanding terminology of the discipline.




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