“You are so far up in space, that the Earth, the cities and the landscape all kinda of blends." an interview with Andi Thomas

Recorded January 15, 2019 Archived January 15, 2019 20:07 minutes
Id: APP608325


A picture may be worth a thousand words, but Andi Brinn Thomas is dealing with thousands of pictures of the world. The Image Data Scientist in the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit within the Astromaterials Research Exploration and Science Division at the Johnson Space Center coordinates research needs of the earth with the astronauts up in space who have their fingers on the cameras. This can mean science and education requests such as topics on international disaster tracking events, glacial retreat, deforestation, fires, and desert geomorphology.

Part of Brinn Thomas’ work focuses on showcasing and writing about the best image of the day from outer space, which has included an evocative view of green fishing lights used to attract the plankton and small fish that squid feed on in the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea. (Recorded 10 December 2018)


  • Andi Thomas
  • Josh Learn

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