Image from TERRA
Sat, 10 Nov 2018 11:10 EST

Within a day, the fire had consumed 70,000 acres of land.

Image from TERRA
Tue, 30 Oct 2018 13:30 EDT

This summer and early fall, beachgoers and residents along Florida’s central Gulf Coast endured an unpleasant and, at worst, debilitating aquatic annoyance: a dangerous red tide caused by the harmful algae Karenia brevis.

Image from TERRA
Wed, 10 Oct 2018 13:03 EDT

More than 400 miles above Earth, a satellite the size of a school bus is earning its frequent flyer miles. On Oct. 6, NASA’s Terra completed 100,000 orbits around Earth. Terra, which launched Dec. 18, 1999, is projected to continue operation into the 2020s.

Dr. David J. Diner

DinercroppedMISR Principal Investigator

Jet Propulsion Laboratory
M/S 169-237
4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena, CA 91109
Phone: 818-354-6319
Email: david.diner at jpl.nasa.gov


Dr. David Diner is the principal investigator for the MISR instrument at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Diner came to JPL in 1981 as a member of the technical staff. He became the MISR principal investigator in 1989. Since that time, he has also led the Multi-angle Imaging Science Element and served as principal investigator for the Airborne Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer and the NASA Instrument Incubator Program. Diner is also a senior research scientist with an interest in remote sensing instrument development, atmospheric optics, aerosol climate and environmental impacts, and planetary atmospheres.

Awards received include the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal for aerosol scientific leadership, the One NASA Peer Award, the NASA Space Act Award, the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal for MISR, a citation from the Editor of Icarus for excellence in reviewing, and the AIAA Achievement Award in Atmospheric Science.

Diner has a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from State University of New York at Stony Brook and advanced degrees (Master of Science and Ph.D.) in planetary science and geology from California Institute of Technology.