Countdown to Launch of Landsat 9
We’re launching Landsat 9 — the ninth in a series of satellite missions from NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) that have been collecting images of our planet for almost 50 years. Follow along as we count down to launch!
A normal launch countdown starts at 10, but for Landsat 9, we’re jumping in with L-9!
There are 9 million images in the USGS/NASA Landsat archive! They’re all available for free, for use by scientists, data managers, and anyone else who’s interested. You can even download them!
Landsat 9 won’t be orbiting alone. Working together, Landsat 9 and Landsat 8 will completely image Earth every 8 days! This helps us track changes on the planet’s surface as they happen in near-real-time.
Landsat sees all 7 continents! From Antarctic ice to growing cities to changing forests, Landsat measures land — and coastal regions — all around the globe.
Working in space is really hard. Landsat 6 never made it to orbit, an important reminder that failures can be opportunities to learn and grow. Shortly after the unsuccessful launch, engineers got to work on Landsat 7, which is still collecting data today — 22 years later.
We have 5 decades of Landsat observations, the longest continuous record of Earth’s land surfaces in existence! While building the original Landsat in the 1970s, it would have been hard to imagine that this mission would still be providing crucial data about our planet today.
For each color band collected, Landsat 9 will see 4 times the shades of light as the previous Landsat mission! With more than 16,000 different intensities detected, Landsat 9 will be able to see crucial details on our planet’s surface.
Our eyes detect 3 colors of light: red, green, and blue — and Landsat does too! But Landsat 9 also detects wavelengths that can be combined to measure things our eyes can’t, like crop stress, coral reef health, fires, and more.
There are 2 instruments on Landsat 9! The Operational Land Imager 2 collects light, and works kind of like our eyes — or cameras — to make data-rich images. The Thermal Infrared Sensor 2 measures temperature, helping monitor plant health, fires, and more.
The Landsat program is the result of 1 amazing partnership! For more than 50 years, we’ve worked with the U.S. Geological Survey to design, build, launch, and manage Landsat satellites.
Two agencies working together makes for the longest continuous record of Earth’s surfaces. Now, let’s launch this satellite!
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Project: DIY silk camisole
I found a purple silk top in a thrift shop a while back. I instantly fell in love with the fabric but the cut looked terrible on me. As it was only €2, I decided to take it home and revamp it into a silk camisole.
Quick tip: if you're looking for cheap silk, check out your thrift store's scarf section! When I bought this top, I also found two scarves made of pure silk, both 85x85cm. I plan on turning them into lingerie.
I started out by turning my top inside out and drawing a line along the front and back of the top at the height where I wanted the back of my camisole to sit. I used chalk for this as it's easy to remove afterwards.
I then drew two triangles along the line I'd drawn: these would become the bust part of my camisole. It took some experimenting to get them right. I free-handed a first draft while I was wearing the top, then removed the top and laid it flat on my desk. I then redrew my triangles properly with a ruler, making sure they were symmetrical.
You could just trace a top you already own, but I didn't have any non-stretchy camisoles so I had to improvise.
Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of what the top originally looked like, but a flatlay of my cut-out pieces should give you a general idea.
[ID: a purple silk top lying on a black and white checkered floor. The original round buttoned neckline has been cut off and is lying behind the top. The new neckline consists of two symmetrical triangles. The picture shows the back of the top which will become the front of the camisole.]
[ID: a purple silk top lying on a black and white checkered floor. The original round buttoned neckline has been cut off and is lying behind the top. The new neckline consists of two symmetrical triangles. The picture shows the front of the top which will become the back of the camisole.]
I then cut all of the chalk lines I'd drawn, and removed the top's buttons which are now in my button stash for future projects.
My next step was to hem the edges I'd cut off. The bottom of the top was already hemmed, so left it alone.
I sewed the entire project by hand because this was my first time working with silk which is notoriously slippery, and I trust my hands more than I trust my machine.
At this point I realised my camisole was much too big for me. That was OK though! I pinned down two side darts at the chest and a pintuck at the front. This made my cami smaller and more form-fitting. Once I was happy with my adjustments, I sewed down them down.
[ID: a purple silk camisole. Two side bust darts and one center-front pintuck have been pinned in place.]
[ID: a purple silk camisole. Two side bust darts and one center-front pintuck have been sewn in place.]
All I needed now were straps. I found an old soft bra in my stash that was perfect for this: the upper part of the bra which connected to the straps was made of lace. I removed the lacy parts of the bra, including the straps, and found out the lace arched out when laid flat. This arched shape turned out to be a perfect fit to cover up my side darts.
[ID: a purple silk camisole. A black soft bra lies on top of the bust area of the top. The bra has lace at the top of its cups. The straps are partly made of lace and have been cut off at the back.]
I also wanted some matching lace at the center-front of my camisole in-between my lace arches. This helped to pull all of my lace details together into one design. I used lace from an old pair of panties for this.
[ID: a purple silk camisole. Black lace bra straps have been pinned at the top of the camisole, with lace extending down to the side bust darts. A strip of black lace now covers the center-front part of the camisole.]
Once I was happy with my lace arrangement, I pinned it all down, then sewed it in place with small backstitches. I then sewed the other ends of the straps to the back of my camisole.
Deciding something was missing, I added a small bow at the centre front of my camisole. The bow originated from yet another old pair of underwear that I'd cut up for a different project at some point in the past.
I tried on my finished camisole: a perfect fit!
[ID: front view of the finished purple silk camisole. Black lace and a small black bow decorate the front, and extend into lacy straps.]
[ID: back view of a purple silk camisole. Black straps are sewn to the back of the camisole. Black backstitching sits inside the garment where lace has been sewn to the front.]
I now have a new silk camisole! I paid €2 for the original top, and my other materials were free as they came from my fabric stash. Not bad, compared to the price of a new silk cami. :)
Regardless of price, silk is a labour- and resource-intensive fabric so it would be a waste not to reuse it when possible. As a soft and long-lasting material made from natural fibres, it's perfect to make underwear with.
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As a white person who wants to be involved with the fight, how are sentiments like this helpful in any way? Instead of making things about the environment and how to help you're making it a pissing contest about race. I want to do every thing I can to help the earth not die a fireball death of despair but instead of finding resources to help get started I see shit like this day after day. Imagine trying to divide people further at a time like this instead of providing resources about how to get started in the fight. Who cares who did what first, what matters is we should all be making changes.
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Cartoon by Steve Sack
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Rain has fallen on the summit of Greenland’s huge ice cap for the first time on record. Temperatures are normally well below freezing on the 3,216-metre (10,551ft) peak, and the precipitation is a stark sign of the climate crisis.
Scientists at the US National Science Foundation’s summit station saw rain falling throughout 14 August but had no gauges to measure the fall because the precipitation was so unexpected. Across Greenland, an estimated 7bn tonnes of water was released from the clouds.
The rain fell during an exceptionally hot three days in Greenland when temperatures were 18C higher than average in places. As a result, melting was seen in most of Greenland, across an area about four times the size of the UK.
The recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concluded it was “unequivocal” that carbon emissions from human activities were heating the planet and causing impacts such as melting ice and rising sea level.
In May, researchers reported that a significant part of the Greenland ice sheet was nearing a tipping point, after which accelerated melting would become inevitable even if global heating was halted.
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Meghan and Harry Markle have been called hypocrites for attending a concert urging action on climate change before leaving on a private jet
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Changing climate: As Amazon destruction continues, Brazil faces future of floods, drought
[Image description: on the left, kids row on a styrofoam block through a flooded street during heavy rains in the Guaratiba neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 10th April, 2019; on the left, garbage collectors are pictured on the shore of the Rio Paraguay (Paraguay River), which flows down to the Parana River, as the lack of rain in Brazil, where the river originates, has brought water levels down, forcing cargo ships to reduce the amount of grains that are loaded for export, in Villeta, Paraguay, on 24th August.]
In May and June, heavy rain pushed Brazil's sprawling Negro river to its highest level in more than a century, causing flooding in Manaus, the Amazon rainforest's largest city.
At the same time, parts of southern and west-central Brazil in the Paraná River basin - including Brazil's largest city of Sao Paulo - have suffered unprecedented drought due to low rainfall.
The disastrous mix of floods, drought and intense downpours could be a glimpse of a potentially dire future as a heating planet and surging deforestation alter long-standing weather patterns throughout Brazil and South America, scientists warn.
Climate shifts could lead to a range of environmental and socioeconomic shocks, from dwindling farm harvests to more destructive forest fires and energy blackouts, climate and forestry experts told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
Climate experts say deforestation of the Amazon and the Cerrado - the largest savanna in South America - are key drivers of the country's changing climate patterns.
"The process [of climate change] is becoming stronger because of human activities," Marengo said.
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Hello everyone so I am huge in defending the planet and very Involved in the climate crisis be ame to ask and I for you all about a petition you can all sign for help towards helping the plant! :)
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I would like to congratulate greta thunberg on being the only funny person on twitter
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Hi! Your blog has been a wonderful resource, and has really gotten me really interested in visible mending.
I need some help. I've have this mini-kanken for about a year, and it's my favorite bag. The only issue is that the plasticy lining started ripping and has been getting progressively worse. Any suggestions on how to fix it? Thanks! ^___^
Your ask made me realise my own Kånken backpack isn't lined! I should sew a proper insert some time, I've been using a sturdy plastic bag to protect my stuff from the rain up until now.
I'll mention my own backpack a few times in this post, but note that I bought it seven years ago and have been using it daily ever since (and it shows). Production may have changed in the meantime.
Repairing a Kånken backpack:
I've talked about backpack repair in the past, but I'm rather inexperienced in this topic so it was a limited post. Kånken Fjällräven also has its own page on backpack care and repair, but its contents are pretty sparse.
Is it safe to assume the lining of your mini-Kånken is made out of the same polyester material as the fabric divider in the back? Because I may not have a lining, but I do have a divider.
If that's the case, the fabric's made of a basic polyester that can handle a bit of sewing. A simple ladder stitch should suffice to close the tears in your fabric.
If you find the fabric's tearing further while you're sewing, you'll have to use a fabric patch to strengthen the fabric's structural integrity. Check out my belt loop project to see an example of this technique. A sewn patch might be difficult as your lining seems to be connected to the exterior fabric, so you may have to use fabric glue to attach your patch rather than sewing it on, unless you don't mind your patch's stitches showing on the outside of your bag.
If it's more of a plastic layer that's difficult to sew rather than actual fabric, duct tape could be a decent last resort.
[ID: close-up on the divider within a teal Kånken backback. The fabric is marked by teal and white stitching. The external fabric of the backpack is worn and discoloured with age.]
If you find your backpack tearing further in the future, here are some fixes I've done on mine as an example of what you could do to fix it.
The outer fabric of a Kånken is thick and sturdy, so you'll need a thick sharp needle to be able to get through it. Using the right needle is crucial for mending these backpacks.
The seam at the bottom corner of my backpack where the straps connect to the fabric started coming loose. This is a pretty easy fix: just shove the loose material back into the seam where it belongs, then sew it in place with a backstitch.
[ID: close-up of a bottom corner of a teal Kånken backpack at the point where the strap connects to the bottom of the backpack. A seam has been resewn with a backstitch and teal thread. The fabric is discoloured with age.]
If any of your edges or seams are becoming worn-out, get a thread in a colour that matches your backpack's fabric and go over the worn-out spot with a blanket stitch. This will both hide and strengthen the worn-out spot.
[ID: close-up of a worn-out seam of a teal Kånken backpack. The seam has been covered up with a blanket stitch sewn with teal thread.]
You can do the same to the ends of your straps if they start unravelling: a blanket stitch will stop it from unravelling further.
[ID: close-up on the end of a strap of a teal Kånken backpack. The edge has been finished off with a blanket stitch in teal thread to stop it from unravelling. A round metal stud sits beneath the edge, showing the Fjällräven logo.]
If your zipper were to ever give in, here's a tutorial on how to replace a backpack zipper.
If you'd like to go one step further and customise your backpack, Keshia Sih has a tutorial on how to embroider a Kånken backpack. This Pinterest board by Hoops and Expectations will give you some ideas if you don't know where to start.
(Image source) [ID: close-up on a purple Kånken backpack. Colourful flowers are embroidered around the Fjällräven logo.]
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Last year, the sky above me in California turned red from raging wildfires as ashes choked the air.
This year, it was the sky in Greece, and the year before was the sky in Australia. As climate change worsens, I wonder which skies will turn red next?
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I heard about a pipeline protest, what's going on?
There is a proposed pipeline expansion being currently constructed that will bring nearly 1 million tar sands per day from Alberta, Canada to Superior, Wisconsin.
It's known as the Line 3 Pipeline. Indigenous ppl have been protesting it with the help of allies. As of recently though the situation has escalated to police brutality and suppression of rights, including treaty rights.
Why is Line3 so bad?
Good question. A brief peek at this map makes it very clear to see why the Ojibwe ppl would be upset.
Pipeline 3 violates several treaties with the Ojibwe people. Treaty rights surpass the authority of even the constitution.
But that hasn't stopped police from breaking those rights and making over 600 arrests since the protests started.
The placement of it puts at risk the water that 18 million humans and wildlife rely on. That's 23% of all of public freshwater, nearly 1/4 of our entire supply. x
It also will be carrying several kinds of tar sands crude. which is a carbon intensive oil which contains 37% more carbon than conventional oil, meaning worse for our environment than normal oil.
The pipeline would have the climate cost equivalent to 50 coal power plants
The company in charge if it is infamous for it's spills. They've already spilled drilling fluid more than 5x. x
Theyre even abandoning their first attempt at the pipeline once the replacement is constructed because of all the issues it's had (that's right, they've failed once already) x
As such, Water Protectors have been protesting against it. Going so far as locking themselves to equipment, crawling in pipes, and getting arrested. Anything to stop construction.
Not only that but the pipeline has given cause for concern that there would be an increase in MMIW2SG (Missing and murdered Indigenous Women, 2 Spirit, & girls, a national crisis) The concern is not unfounded.
In March, the anti-violence and anti-human trafficking nonprofit Violence Intervention Project requested reimbursement from Enbridge’s public safety fund for anti-human trafficking efforts associated with the project. x
Recent Timeline of Events & Escalation
July 27th it was found Blue Lives Matter was going to start organizing to "help" the police. x
July 28th the White Earth Nation ordered a 48 hour cease & desist, which Enbridge ignored. x
July 29th HR- 1374, a bill that would allow foreign corporations (like Enbridge) to publically hire state officials to brutalize/kill protesters that disrupt "critical infrastructure" (like pipelines) passes the House and goes on to the Senate. x
July 29th police started using rubber rounds & pepper spray. x
July 30th A vehicle swerved into Water Protectors. x
July 30th Additionally, Enbridge spilled drilling liquid again (called a frac-out) on the same day. x
July 30th 2 Enbridge workers are found in a sex trafficking sting x
August 1st we learn Water Protectors have not been allowed to change out of the clothes covered in the chemicals law enforcement used, their dietary needs have been ignored, and they've been treated poorly while in custody. A call to action is posted x
What Can I Do?
Get educated, firstly
Sign this petition to tell Biden to take action
Sign this petition against HR-1374
Follow Indigenous creators/media. A good place to start are the ones I've linked through out this post & going through the #StopLine3 tags
We're having a very hard time trying to spread awareness due to media suppression so please spread this like wildfire
Leave comments under (big) creators that pride themselves on being green or eco-friendly asking them to raise awareness.
Answer the call for action and contact the Pennington County Jail and demand humane treatment of Water Protectors. Read the script too if that's easier:
I am calling today to demand that water protectors are treated humanely and fairly, that their dietary needs are respected and their medications be given properly.
Tweet their accounts as well. Demand humane treatment
And contact your state representatives & tell them you WILL NOT vote for them again should this HR-1374 pass. That this bill is against your interests as a constituent & NOT a reflection of your states values.
Find your Congressperson: x
Find your Senator: x
Donate to the Red Lake BF venmo: Stars_On_Stone
Donate to Honor the Earth
Donate directly to the frontline
Join the front lines
Different camps have different security practices. Some camps welcome you to come directly there, some want to have you vetted first to protect themselves and their work.
Join Us in The Fight to Protect Our Water
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From Abbotsford to Yoho National Park, a heat wave shattered temperature records in British Columbia on Saturday — and meteorologists expect the weather to get even hotter over the next couple of days.
The Village of Lytton was the hottest place in the country Saturday, with a record-breaking 43.2 C according to Environment Canada. The previous record there was set in 2006, at 39.9 C.
Other notable highs include the Fraser Valley, which broke 40 C at Cultus Lake for the first time yesterday.
In the Cache Creek area, temperatures soared to 42.5 C, and Lillooet set a new record at 43.1 C. Temperatures in the Pemberton Valley are so high an evacuation order has been issued because of rising river levels caused by snowmelt.
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People post Greece as an aesthetic whether it's our mythology or our beautiful islands. Now we need you more than ever. Our country is literally burning, we have no help, no resources and new fire fronts are developing each hour and heading towards villages. People and animals are in danger. The fires are not going out and it's windy. Please share this, spread awareness. Greece is always first to send help when other European countries are in need of help. Please share.
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Good morning to everyone who is going to troll an oil company today 😇
from Emily Atkin’s HEATED piece about why greentrolling is fun but also actually very effective: Drag them.The climate case for calling out fossil fuel companies online
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