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NASA'S Daniel Irwin Builds Environmental Monitoring Systems -- and Playgrounds -- to Improve Life in Rural Central America
09.28.05
 
Steve Roy
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.
(Phone: 256.544.0034)

Photo release: 05-158


The Carlos Soza Manzanero Community Playground in San Andres, Guatemala + Large (1600 x 1200, 72 ppi)
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The Carlos Soza Manzanero Community Playground in San Andrés, Guatemala, was the brainchild of NASA researcher Dan Irwin and his partners. Irwin, an employee of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., is a research scientist at the National Space Science and Technology Center (NSSTC) in Huntsville. There, he helped develop the SERVIR environmental imaging and mapping system, which is designed to alert scientists, government officials and other key organizations about sudden or dramatic environmental shifts in the region. A longtime student of Central American life, Irwin spends much of his free time working to improve the lives of jungle residents -- particularly the children. (NASA/MSFC/D. Irwin)

The Carlos Soza Manzanero Community Playground in San Andres, Guatemala + Large (1600 x 1200, 72 ppi)
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The Carlos Soza Manzanero Community Playground in San Andrés, Guatemala -- built by NASA researcher Dan Irwin and his partners -- spawned a revival of the surrounding park, as seen here, and has become a hub of local activity in the tiny mountain community. Irwin, an employee of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., is a research scientist at the National Space Science and Technology Center (NSSTC) in Huntsville. There, he helped develop the SERVIR environmental imaging and mapping system, which is designed to alert scientists, government officials and other key organizations about sudden or dramatic environmental shifts in the region. A longtime student of Central American life, Irwin spends much of his free time working to improve the lives of jungle residents -- particularly the children. (NASA/MSFC/D. Irwin)

Dan Irwin, left, and Guatemalan builder Tito Chi tour the Carlos Soza Manzanero Community Playground in San Andres, Guatemala. + Large (3504 x 2336, 72 ppi)
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NASA researcher Dan Irwin, left, and Guatemalan builder Tito Chi tour the Carlos Soza Manzanero Community Playground in San Andrés, Guatemala -- the brainchild of Irwin, Chi and their partners. Irwin, an employee of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., is a research scientist at the National Space Science and Technology Center (NSSTC) in Huntsville. There, he helped develop the SERVIR environmental imaging and mapping system, which is designed to alert scientists, government officials and other key organizations about sudden or dramatic environmental shifts in the region. A longtime student of Central American life, Irwin spends much of his free time working to improve the lives of jungle residents -- particularly the children. (NASA/MSFC/D. Irwin)

NASA scientist and SERVIR project manager Daniel Irwin unveils the NASA-NSSTC laboratory where he and his partners developed the environmental monitoring system. The facility is identical to a new research center NASA will open Thursday in Panama with its partner organizations. + Medium (586 x 435, 72 ppi)
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Daniel Irwin, a scientist at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., tours NASA's innovative SERVIR project center at the National Space Science and Technology Center (NSSTC) in Huntsville, Ala. Irwin, who builds playgrounds in his spare time for children in rural areas of Central America, is project manager for SERVIR. The imaging and mapping system helps protect Central America and southern Mexico, using satellite imagery and other data sources to monitor and forecast environmental changes such as forest fires, hurricanes and drought. The NSSTC is a partnership between the Marshall Center, Alabama universities, industry and federal agencies. (NASA/MSFC)


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