USA. Manhattan, New York. 2010. Playing in a busted fire hydrant on the 4th of July.
USA. Manhattan, New York. 2010. Playing in a busted fire hydrant on the 4th of July.Peter van Agtmael—Magnum Photos
USA. Manhattan, New York. 2010. Playing in a busted fire hydrant on the 4th of July.
USA. Detroit, MI. 2012. Treasure's family at their home in Detroit. Shelley 'Treasure' Hilliard was murdered by a drug dealer after acting as a police informant following an arrest for marijuana possession. The police convinced her to act as an informant on her dealer and after she set him up, the police arrested him. They allegedly leaked her name to him for unclear reasons and released him several hours later. Within hours, Treasure was dead. Her case is part of a rash of murders of police informants as law enforcement increasingly relies on their use to apprehend criminals without exercising due diligence to protect them from revenge killings.
USA. Branson, Missouri. 2015. The parking lot of Dollie Parton’s Dixie Stampede.
USA. Bethesda, MD. 2013. My dad covers the master bedroom in plastic in preparation for a renovation.
USA. Bethesda, MD. 2015. My sister and niece Victoria and a bubble gun.
USA. Louisville, KY. 2015. Wyandotte, the neighborhood on the outskirts of Churchill Downs, where the Kentucky Derby is held each year during the first weekend of May.  Taken during Derby weekend.
USA. Louisville, KY. 2015. Wyandotte, the neighborhood on the outskirts of Churchill Downs, where the Kentucky Derby is held each year during the first weekend of May.  Taken during Derby weekend.
USA. Louisville, KY. 2015. The scene outside Churchill Downs after the Kentucky Derby.
USA.  Des Moines, Iowa.  2010.  The Iowa GOP Ronald Reagan dinner headlined by Sarah Palin.
USA. Louisville, Kentucky. 2016. During the Kentucky Derby.
USA.  Maryland. 2015. A member of the KKK after a cross lighting/burning.
USA. Brooklyn, New York. 2015. Washington Cemetery, a predominantly Jewish burial ground and the densest in New York City.
USA. Nashville, Tennessee. 2010.  The streets of Nashville.
USA. Detroit, MI. 2012. Treasure's family at their home in Detroit. Shelley 'Treasure' Hilliard was murdered by a drug dealer after acting as a police informant following an arrest for marijuana possession. The police convinced her to act as an informant on her dealer and after she set him up, the police arrested him. They allegedly leaked her name to him for unclear reasons and released him several hours later. Within hours, Treasure was dead. Her case is part of a rash of murders of police informants as law enforcement increasingly relies on their use to apprehend criminals without exercising due diligence to protect them from revenge killings.
USA. Detroit. Michigan. 2015. Dilapidated house in Detroit.
USA. Batiste, Oklahoma. 2014. The home of the grandmother of Joey Tom, an outreach director and stickball coach very active in the Choctaw nation.  His grandmother oversees well over a dozen children and grandchildren living with her.  She speaks some english but her primary language is Choctaw, a dying tradition.  None of her children speak it well.  She is also renowned as a tracker and a hunter.
USA. Molalla, Oregon. 2015. After the rodeo of the Molalla Buckeroo Association. One of the longest continuously running rodeos in the country, it began from the town's desire to celebrate the arrival of the train connecting it to the outside world.
USA. Manhattan, New York. 2010. Playing in a busted fire hydrant on the 4th of July.
Peter van Agtmael—Magnum Photos
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See the Most Stunning Images of Earth from Landsat’s Space Operation

Oct 03, 2016

World Space Week, designated in 1999 by the United Nations "to celebrate each year at the international level the contributions of space science and technology to the betterment of the human condition," starts Oct. 4, with events continuing until Oct. 10. This year's theme, “Remote Sensing: Enabling Our Future,” highlights Earth observation from space.

The U.S. Landsat mission, which celebrated it's 50th anniversary this September, has collected millions of images of Earth from space, from the satellite Landsat 1, launched in 1972, to Landsat 8, launched in 2013. Both Landsat 7 and Landsat 8 continue to orbit the Earth today, capturing images of the entire planet every 16 days.

The original mission was to gather information about the natural resources of the Earth, according to its founder, Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall. Today, "Landsat satellites monitor forest health, mobilize food resources to drought-stricken areas, observe climate change impact on polar ice caps, monitor crop health and stress, measure the impacts of carbon escaping into the atmosphere, and map rates, causes, and consequences of land cover change," the United States Geological Survey (USGS) writes.

The sensors on these satellites capture more than your average Earth-photo. In addition to RGB (red, green, and blue) color, they are able to record near infrared, shortwave infrared, and thermal data, among other specialized observations. The resulting images are often not only scientifically valuable, as they allow scientists to reveal features our eyes cannot see, but also spectacularly beautiful.

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