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NASA’s piping a bunch of earth science data to Amazon’s cloud 

NASA just uploaded more than 20 TB of data to Amazon Web Services, with plans to publish more in the future. But NASA public affairs specialist Steve Cole characterized the agreement with Amazon as an “experimental project,” telling VentureBeat that the data won’t be updated that frequently.

You can access the three NASA NEX data sets currently available on AWS here: 

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NASA NEX is a collaboration and analytical platform that combines state-of-the-art supercomputing, Earth system modeling, workflow management and NASA remote-sensing data. Through NEX, users can explore and analyze large Earth science data sets, run and share modeling algorithms, collaborate on new or existing projects and exchange workflows and results within and among other science communities.

Three NASA NEX data sets are now available to all via Amazon S3. One data set, the NEX downscaled climate simulations, provides high-resolution climate change projections for the 48 contiguous U.S. states. The second data set, provided by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument on NASA's Terra and Aqua satellites, offers a global view of Earth's surface every 1 to 2 days. Finally, the Landsat data record from the U.S. Geological Survey provides the longest existing continuous space-based record of Earth's land.

The data sets are available at:

  • s3://nasanex/NEX-DCP30
  • s3://nasanex/MODIS
  • s3://nasanex/Landsat 


NASA hosts a ton of earth-science data on Amazon Web Services – and the space agency wants you to figure out what to do with it.

NASA today announced a contest for brainstorming then building apps or algorithms that “promote climate resilience” using the agency’s vast trove of earth science data, which ranges from land surface images and vegetation condition data to climate observations and projections.

It’s actually broken down into two separate challenges. First up is the ideation stage, which runs from July 1 through August 1. NASA promises awards up to $10,000 for promising ideas that suggest “novel uses” of its data sets. Then there’s the builder stage, which runs from August through November 15. That’s when NASA expects to see some earth-conscious apps and algorithms take shape — and it’s willing to shell out larger $30,000 to $50,000 rewards for impressive entires.

Interested developers should hop on the Open NASA Earth Exchange, which taps Amazon’s cloud for storage and computing resources.

“Amazon Web Services brings to the table the business model that allows this data to reach a much wider community beyond NASA investigators,” NASA public affairs specialist Steve Cole told VentureBeat.

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