Press Release

NASA Technology Monitors U.S. Corn Crop; Farmers, Environment and Space Travelers Benefit From Research

By SpaceRef Editor
June 20, 2005
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  • More than 25 million acres of corn are planted across the United States this year.
  • Yet try telling the difference between traditional corn and bio-engineered corn — the type that has genes inserted to make it resistant to insects.
  • NASA and the Environmental Protection Agency have found a way, using a special camera attached to a plane to monitor crops and help farmers determine if there’s pest infestation.
  • NASA’s hyperspectral imaging technology cuts one snapshot into 120 color-specific images to capture characteristics invisible to the human eye.
  • The aircraft flies at 8,000 feet over the same sites every 10 days. Images are put into a computer, and corn information is extracted for analysis.
  • EPA gets early data about crop conditions and infestation resistance, while NASA enhances its understanding of image processing techniques.
  • The technology could be used in space for early detection of stresses in plants, diagnosis and treatment of crew injuries and detection of mold and toxins in spacecraft.
  • Talk to an expert about the technology and its benefits on Earth and in space.
Who: Dr. George May, President/CEO,
Institute for Technology Development
Stennis Space Center, Miss.
Satellite Coordinates: AMC-6, Transponder 9
72 degrees west longitude
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Steve Roy, (256) 544-0034

SpaceRef staff editor.