The Earth Comes to Madison
October 2, 2001NASAs Dr. Arthur Frederick Fritz
Hasler will present the NASA/NOAA Earth Science Electronic Theater
(or ETheater), in Madison, Wisconsin, October 17-18 during the American
Meteorological Societys eleventh annual Satellite Meteorology and
Oceanography conference. Both the conference and ETheater take place at
the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center.
Offering visually stunning views of the Earth from space, the ETheater will be presented to the general public Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. in the Monona Terrace exhibition hall. Middle and high school students will attend previously scheduled shows during the day.
The ETheater reveals the beauty of Earth with scientific insight and technological prowess. Dr. Hasler presents the Earth in several dimensions and in a historical perspective. You'll fly in from outer space to Wisconsin and to the shores of Madisons four lakes. Early images, from the 1960s, are contrasted with the latest U.S. and international images of the whole Earth and of tornadoes and hurricanes. From the first geostationary weather satellite image in 1966 at the University of Wisconsin through the current GOES, the Earths small size is evident.
you attend the ETheater, you'll see spectacular images of the earth
at night from an Air Force weather satellite-cities, fishing fleets,
gas flares. Many other images will be provided by UWMadisons
Space Science and Engineering Center, of tropical cyclones, burning
fires, Antarctica, Wisconsin, and more, from NOAA and NASA satellites.
SSEC has collected this data for scientific purposes since 1965. Landsat
imagery showing Wisconsin in spring, summer and fall is provided by
Remote Sensing Center, who also provide a digital high-resolution
map of the campus, produced with the Department of Civil Engineering
Fritz Hasler, the ETheater master showman, is a visualization scientist at NASAs Goddard Space Flight Center near Washington, D.C. He is also a Madison native and alumnus of Madison schools and UWMadisons Department of Meteorology.
These organizations are making the ETheater possible:
Media representatives can contact Angie Smith, Director, Community & Public Relations at Monona Terrace, for access to morning presentations of the ETheater on Tuesday or Wednesday, October 16 or 17.
For general information on the ETheater and to arrange interviews, contact SSEC's Public Information Officer, 608-263-3373.
comments, suggestions and inquiries to SSEC's Public Information Officer. For information
about past media appearances, visit SSEC
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