Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman visited NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland on Tuesday during her official visit to the US. She was accompanied by the Indian ambassador to the US, Taranjit Singh Sandhu.
Nirmala Sitharaman tweeted “Smt @nsitharaman visits NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (@NASAGoddard) in Greenbelt, Maryland during his official visit to USA. The Finance Minister is accompanied by Shri @SandhuTaranjitS, Ambassador of India to the US and senior officials of the Government of India”.
She was given presentations on various activities at NASA Goddard by Dr Makenzie Lystrup, Director of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Ray Rubilotta, Associate Director of NASA Goddard Center and Dr Michelle Thaller, Astrophysicist.
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) Hyperwall is a video wall capable of displaying multiple data visualizations and high-resolution images simultaneously on multiple screens.
Recently, NISAR (NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar) was launched at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) of NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) in California, USA.
Nirmala Sitharaman visited NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center
NISAR is an Earth observation satellite, which stands for (NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar). It is jointly developed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Indian Space Research Organization under a partnership agreement signed in 2014.
During its three-year mission to image Earth’s landmass, ice sheets and sea ice, it will scan the globe every 12 days to provide an unprecedented view of the planet.
NISAR will observe subtle changes on Earth’s surface, helping researchers better understand the causes and consequences of such phenomena. It will record warning signs of natural disasters such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and landslides.
The satellite will also measure groundwater levels, monitor the flow of glaciers and ice sheets, and monitor the planet’s forest and agricultural areas, which can improve our understanding of carbon exchange.
ISRO will use NISAR for various purposes, including agricultural mapping and monitoring of glaciers in the Himalayas, landslide-prone areas and coastal changes.
Written by: Vaishali Verma