Friday, December 14, 2018 - 10:27am
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Adelie penguin and guano (poop) detection from the Landsat satellite. NASA AND HEATHER LYNCH/STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY

Ok, I am going to go ahead and admit something. I was a research meteorologist for 12 years at NASA Goddard Space Center and served as Deputy Project Scientist for the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Mission. I currently chair NASA's Earth Science Advisory Committee. I know quite a bit about NASA's Earth Science activities and capabilities. I had no idea that satellites could detect penguin "poop," and I am willing to bet that you didn't either. Not only is NASA tracking penguin poop, it is important for understanding the health of the Adélie penguin population and their environment.

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