Satellite images of Nepal after earthquake

Check out satellite before/after images of the capital city of Nepal: Photos: Nepal Earthquake, before and after in satellite photos – Denver Post.

The images come from DigitalGlobe, which is giving relief groups free access to images of Nepal: DigitalGlobe opens access to satellite data to support disaster response efforts in Nepal – DigitalGlobe.

Planet Labs is also offering its images: Responding to the Nepal Earthquake – Planet Labs.

A typical satellite image in Google map view might be two or three years old. This Google Crisis Map shows where new imagery is available for Nepal. You can then zoom in on a particular area in the new images.

Screen capture of an area in Kathmandu from Google Crisis Map.

Here’s an article about the broader role that satellites are playing in the recovery, particularly regarding communications services: Satellite Industry Responds to Nepalese Earthquake – Via Satellite.

Video: TMRO Spacepod reports on SpaceX launch + Telestar 1

* SpaceX Successfully Launches TurkmenSat 1 – Space Pod 04/28/15 – “SpaceX successfully launched Turkmenistan’s first communications satellite, however they did not attempt to land the first stage as all the fuel was needed to deliver the payload to a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit.”

Telstar 1 & the Icons of the Early Space Age – Space Pod 04/27/15 – “Ariel Waldman talks about the iconic impact of Telstar 1 and shows where you can find relics of the space race in your emoji.”

Volcanos from space

Here are some images from NASA of the Calbuco volcano in southern Chile that erupted on April 22, 2015.

calbuco_tmo_2015114[1]An image from NASA’s Terra satellite.

calbuco_tmo_2015113[1]A closer view from NASA’s Terra satellite.


In 2009, NASA released this cool view of the Sarychev volcano on one of the Russian Kuril islands north of Japan. The image was taken by astronauts on the the Int. Space Station: Sarychev Volcano – NASA


For more such images, see the Volcanoes collection at NASA’s Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth. Here are some of the Calbuco eruption.

The Space Show this week – Apr.27.15

The guests and topics of discussion on The Space Show this week:

1. Monday, April 27, 2015: 2-3:30 PM PDT (5-6:30 PM EDT; 4-5:30 PM CDT): We welcome ERIC BERGER, space & science journalist with the Houston Chronicle. He spent all of 2014 working on a series, Adrift, about the present and future of American spaceflight.

2. Tuesday, April 28, 2015:,7-8:30 PM PDT (10-11:30 PM EST, 9-10:30 PM CDT): OPEN LINES. All space and STEM topics are welcome. First time callers are welcome and encouraged to call.

3. Friday, May 1, 2015; 9:30 -11 AM PDT (12:30-2 PM EDT; 11:30-1 PM CDT): We welcome back Brent Sherwood who is a space architect at JPL. He will be updating us with his earlier work on human spaceflight.

:4. Sunday, May 3, 2015: 12-1:30 PM PDT (3-4:30 PM EDT, 2-3:30 PM CDT): We welcome DAMIAN PEACH, one of the top amateur astronomers in the world. Mr. Peach is in the UK. Check out his website at

See also:
/– The Space Show on Vimeo – webinar videos
/– The Space Show’s Blog – summaries of interviews.
/– The Space Show Classroom Blog – tutorial programs

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