Use of the Space Shuttle for Remote Sensing Research: Recent Results and Future Prospects

Science  03 Dec 1982:
Vol. 218, Issue 4576, pp. 993-995
DOI: 10.1126/science.218.4576.993


Routine access to low earth orbit provided by the space shuttle holds great potential for global studies of the earth's resources and its environment. A successful test flight of the Columbia orbiter in November 1981 demonstrated the utility and versatility of the shuttle for earth-related research. A series of remote sensing experiments is currently planned for the mid-1980's that will more fully exploit the shuttle's earth observation capabilities.