NASA/JPL’s AVIRIS-NG Maps Beach Tar from California Oil Pipeline Spill
In support of the response to the Refugio Incident, NASA/JPL deployed a Twin Otter aircraft carrying a unique airborne instrument to study the spill and test the ability of imaging spectroscopy to map tar on area beaches. The work is advancing our nation's ability to respond to future oil spills.More »
NASA Selects JPL Imaging Spectrometer for Europa Mission
NASA has selected nine science instruments for a mission to Jupiter's moon Europa, to investigate whether the mysterious icy moon could harbor conditions suitable for life. JPL’s Mapping Imaging Spectrometer for Europa (MISE) whose principal investigator is Dr. Diana Blaney of JPL, will probe the composition of Europa, identifying and mapping the distributions of organics, salts, acid hydrates, water ice phases, and other materials to determine the habitability of Europa's ocean.More »
NASA/JPL's AVIRIS-NG joins investigation into mysterious methane hot spot
NASA researchers have joined scientists from a variety of other institutions to try to solve the mystery of the four-corners (the intersection of Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico) methane hot-spot. Researchers from JPL will use two Twin Otter research aircraft to fly two remote sensing instruments over the area, AVIRIS-NG and the Hyperspectral Thermal Emission Spectrometer (HyTES). AVIRIS-NG will be used to map methane at fine resolution over the entire region.More »
JPL partnered with the Department of Energy (DOE), Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and the Chevron Corporation in a field experiment that demonstrated advanced technologies for measuring methane emissions.
JPL deployed AVIRIS-NG, the Hyperspectral Thermal Emission Spectrometer (HyTES), and the Carbon in Arctic Reservoirs Vulnerability Experiment (CARVE) instrument suite during controlled methane releases at the Rocky Mountain Oilfield Testing Center (RMOTC) in Wyoming, U.S. from June 20-26, 2013.More »