NASA’s ECOsystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on Space Station (ECOSTRESS) was launched on June 29, 2018. This spaceborne could change our agricultural practices here on Earth by measuring the temperature of Earth’s plants from space. When a plant has access to a sufficient water supply, it releases water through pores on its leaves. When water is scarce, these tiny pores close, allowing the plant to conserve water. This transition causes the plant’s temperature to rise. By measuring the plant’s temperature on a large scale, the ECOSTRESS can help in the monitoring of some events such as drought and therefore, having better management of our regional water supplies.
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