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California Wildfires Mapped By NASA’s ARIA From Space

California prolongs to be beset by wildfires—comprising the Camp Fire within Northern California and Woolsey Fire near Los Angeles—now among the deadliest in the history of the state. NASA satellites are monitoring these fires from space.

The ARIA (Advanced Rapid Imaging and Analysis) team at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of NASA in Pasadena, CA, formed new damage maps utilizing synthetic aperture radar pictures from the Copernicus Sentinel-1 satellites.

The primary map displays regions likely smashed by the Woolsey Fire as of November 11. It swathes an area of around 80 km × 40 km (50 miles × 25 miles)—bordered by the red polygon. The variation in from yellow to red signifies the rising ground surface change.

The second map displays harm from the Camp Fire in Northern California as of November 10. It portrays an area of around 88 km × 77 km (55 miles × 48 miles) and comprises the city of Paradise, among the most destroyed regions.

Similar to the earlier map, the red region displays the most severe surface change. The team of ARIA compared the information for both pictures to the Google Crisis map for initial confirmation. Though the maps might be less dependable over vegetated terrains, such as farmland, they can assist first responders and officials recognize heavily harmed regions and give out resources as required.

On the other end, 2 miniature satellites no larger than a shoebox are racing through deep space on a remarkable operation to the Red Planet. The plan is to be in the correct location, at the correct time, to view the landing of InSight spacecraft of NASA on Mars on November 27, at around 7:00 am AEDT.

Brian Clement, one who is operational on MarCO project of NASA at the JPL, said, “The 2 spacecraft—MarCO-B and MarCO-A—will be carrying out a very tight designed dance with InSight.”

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