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The Antarctic surface  (Source: Landsat Image Mosaic of Antarctica (LIMA) Project)
Antarctica like you've probably never seen it before

Researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey, NASA, National Science Foundation and British Antarctic Survey released a new map of Antarctica.  During a special event hosted at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, researchers were able to view the new images which are said to be much more revealing than anything ever presented before.  

The researchers used the Landsat Image Mosaic of Antarctica, or LIMA, to combine 1,100 images that now make up one entire image 10 times more detailed than any other Antarctic image ever captured.  The entire content

"This mosaic of images opens up a window to the Antarctic that we just haven't had before," said Robert Bindschadler, the NASA scientist responsible for creating the project.  "This innovation is like watching high-definition TV in living color versus watching the picture on a grainy black-and-white television.  Anyone with a computer and a web connection can now travel to Antarctica."

Indeed, the images are now available to everyone at the United States Geological Survey web site.  Even though Antarctica remains a mystical location that most of us will never be able to visit personally, these images offer a new insight for regular people to see what Antarctica surface looks like in great detail.

Researchers will be able to use the images to better prepare scientific expeditions to Antarctica. 

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Pendantic Observation
By sabre lime on 12/5/2007 9:19:52 AM , Rating: 2
The "o" in "open" isn't included the link to the article. Intentional?

RE: Pendantic Observation
By Moishe on 12/5/2007 10:21:10 AM , Rating: 2
NYTimes sucks.... I'm surprised anyone views their stuff with that login on there. In the age of information there is no need for logins for news... stupid.

On topic, high res images like this are definitely cool, especially when they show one of the last extreme places on earth.

RE: Pendantic Observation
By AmbroseAthan on 12/5/2007 5:18:40 PM , Rating: 2
I never understand people's problem with logging in to NYTimes.

You click that little "remember me" check box and you will likely not get asked again (unless you delete some offline/cache files). I think NYTimes has asked me like once or twice in any given year for the login, and I read it multiple times a day.

google earth
By kattanna on 12/5/2007 10:25:25 AM , Rating: 4
hopefully such updated images will make their way into such programs as google earth for all to use.

unless the penguins are worried we might accidently see their top secret subs sitting out in the open...

Will Steger
By therealnickdanger on 12/5/2007 11:52:23 AM , Rating: 2
My claim to fame:

One of my best friends growing up was the son of a local broadcaster (KSTP's Jason Davis, On the Road Again). His family had Will Steger over for dinner after his Antarctic sledding antics. I was able to meet him and see some of his pictures first hand. Amazing explorer!

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