Philosophical Society of Washington

An Astronaut's View of the Planet Earth

Mary Cleave
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

2103rd Meeting Abstract
Friday, March 19, 1999 at 8:15 PM


Large scale environmental phenomena can be studied on a global scale by utilizing remote sensing robotic spacecraft images. Some of these phenomena are driven by nature and others are a result of human activities. Utilizing photography from her two missions on the Space Shuttle and other spacecraft imagery, Mary Cleave will talk about these phenomena, taking you on a tour of our planet from low Earth orbit.

About the Author:

Mary Cleave received a Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering from Utah State University in 1979 and is a licensed professional engineer. She joined the Astronaut Corps in 1980 and flew on the Space Shuttle in 1985 and 1989. In 1991 she moved to Goddard Space Flight Center, where she became the project manager for a project that is, for the first time, regularly measuring all of the plants on our planet.

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