Pew, Pew, Pew! NASA space lasers to map Earth's forests in 3D

November 19, 2014 3:05 PM

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Pew, Pew, Pew! NASA space lasers to map Earth's forests in 3D

A new laser instrument developed for the International Space Station is expected to generate incredible 3D maps of Earth's forests.

The instrument called Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI) uses lidar, a special kind of laser technology, to create detailed 3D maps and measure the biomass of forests. NASA has already launched a satellite designed to measure carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, but the new instrument, once...

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