An early Nimbus satellite undergoes vibration testing at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, circa 1967. Image Credit:  NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

An early Nimbus satellite undergoes vibration testing at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, circa 1967.
Image Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

Researchers are recovering valuable data by perusing stashed away and nearly forgotten images from 5 decades old NASA Nimbus data tapes and black and white film.

The upshot is that they are finding treasures in the pictures.

Experts at the Boulder, Colorado-based National Snow and Ice Data Center — part of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) — are expanding their understanding of sea ice in the Arctic and Antarctic.

In 1964, NASA launched the first of seven Nimbus spacecraft to study Earth from space.

Now fifty years later, scientists are getting an eye-full thanks to the old data via a NASA-sponsored Nimbus Data Rescue Project.

Early NIMBUS photo. Credit: NASA

Early NIMBUS photo.
Credit: NASA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An informative video on this effort is available at:

http://bit.ly/1rpT1dP

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