ESA NightPod (ESA NightPod) - 12.03.13
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The ESA NightPod is used to improve digital photography for Earth observation at night by using long exposure time and compensating for the relative motion of the International Space Station and Earth. Possible scenario's include: cities at night, vegetation fires at night, visual analysis of maritime traffic / road traffic, volcano activity at night, urban pollution, squid fishing at night, day/night transitions.
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European Space Agency (ESA)Sponsoring Organization
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Information PendingISS Expedition Duration:
September 2011 - March 2014Expeditions Assigned
29/30,31/32,35/36,37/38Previous ISS Missions
ISS night photography: The Cupola on board the ISS (International Space Station) provides a unique vantage point for remote sensing of the Earth. High resolution imagery of the night side of the Earth has great potential in many scientific disciplines and it is visually compelling. Because a dedicated satellite is not foreseen in the near future, the most likely candidate suppliers of high resolution, global, nocturnal imagery is the crew on board the ISS. The NightPod device has been commissioned by ESA to assist the crew in such tasks: tracking visual targets on the earth and neutralising the effect of ISS motion, allowing for an increase in exposure time and therefore the quality of the nocturnal images.Earth Applications
The imagery of the Earth at Night has a large number of potential applications, from the original motivation to build Nightpod, i.e. taking images of cities at night to create a map of the distribution of the population, to mapping fishing activities, light pollution and fires. These are only some of the applications that can benefit from a systematic collection of night imagery of the Earth at Night. The Nightpod concept is very basic and allows for the tracking mechanism to be used by a large number of sensors and instruments.
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NASA Image: ISS034E031609 - View of European Space Agency (ESA) NightPod hardware in the Cupola Module. Photo was taken during Expedition 34.
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NASA Image: ISS034E031612 - View of European Space Agency (ESA) NightPod hardware in the Cupola Module. Photo was taken during Expedition 34.
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