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Robert Pearlman

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posted 01-16-2010 09:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote Satellite Images Help Focus Haiti Earthquake Relief
NASA and space agencies around the world are pointing their satellites toward Haiti to aid relief efforts and map damage caused by the devastating earthquake earlier this week.

The 7.0 magnitude quake struck the Caribbean island Tuesday, causing extensive destruction and fatalities estimated in the tens of thousands.

NASA's Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER), a joint project with Japan, and its Earth Observing-1 (EO-1) satellite are taking images of Haiti's hardest-hit areas in multiple wavelengths of light.

NASA's Earth Observing-1 satellite image of Port-au-Prince. Credit: NASA

Ground teams are comparing these pictures to pre-quake photos to assess the damage, and to help rescue and relief workers know where to focus their efforts, agency officials said...

NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden released the following statement on Friday:
The devastating Earthquake that hit Haiti has inflicted extraordinary losses to the people of our neighboring island nation. My wife Jackie and I are deeply saddened and genuinely heartsick by this tragic event, and pray for the well being of the millions who are suffering in the aftermath of the disaster.

NASA joins the President, the nation, and the entire world in mourning those who have perished. To those of you who may have lost loved ones in Haiti, as well as those who still don’t know the status of relatives and friends there, I want you to know you are in the thoughts and prayers of the entire NASA family.

NASA's Earth-observing capabilities have been mobilized to provide information to support the disaster recovery efforts in Haiti. Our spacecraft will image areas hardest hit by this unfortunate tragedy to aid with damage assessments and recovery efforts. Many of you have asked what you personally can do to help during this time of emergency.

The Office of Personnel Management has authorized a special solicitation to federal employees to assist the ongoing relief efforts in Haiti with a one-time cash or check donation, outside the normal Combined Federal Campaign procedures.

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has recommended cash donations as the most effective way to help in this disaster response. For more information on how to donate to Haiti relief efforts, visit the White House Web site.

I encourage you to be generous in your giving to this urgent humanitarian effort and please keep the victims and everyone involved in the rescue and recovery efforts in your prayers.

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