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.

Image from TERRA
Fri, 14 Sep 2018 01:33 EDT

NASA's MISR instrument captures Hurricane Florence just off the East Coast. Data from two of its nine cameras is combined to show the storm in 3D

Image from TERRA
Mon, 27 Aug 2018 16:33 EDT

For the first time ever, measurements from NASA Earth-observing research satellites are being used to help combat a potential outbreak of life-threatening cholera. Humanitarian teams in Yemen are targeting areas identified by a NASA-supported project that precisely forecasts high-risk regions based on environmental conditions observed from space.

Michael J. Abrams

AbramsUS ASTER Science Team Leader

Jet Propulsion Laboratory
M/S 183-501
4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena, CA 91109
Phone: 818.354.0937
Email: mjabrams@jpl.nasa.gov


Michael Abrams has been the US ASTER Science Team Leader since 2003. Abrams joined NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 1973. In addition to leading the ASTER science team, Abrams is a research scientist and project manager for NASA/AASG Technology Transfer and a Department of Defense contract to develop thermal time change software. Prior to moving to JPL, he was a staff scientist for IBM Paris. His research interests include applications of remote sensing data for volcano monitoring and eruption prediction and the development of new instruments for Earth observation.

Abrams has been recognized with a number of awards including the NASA Exceptional Service Medal (2009), the Award of Distinguished Technical Communication from the Society of Technical Communication, a Service Award from the Department of the Interior, and the Fairchild and Merit Awards from the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing.

Abrams has degrees in biology and geology from the California Institute of Technology.