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Earth Science & Remote Sensing Unit

The mission of the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit (ESRS) within NASA’s Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science Division (ARES), Exploration Integration Science Directorate at Johnson Space Center is to become a recognized center for terrestrial remote sensing from the International Space Station (ISS), and a focus for regional remote sensing in support of climate adaptation science. ESRS provides operations and science team functions for handheld camera crew photography of Earth from the ISS, interacts with other ISS sensor teams and working groups, coordinates ISS remote sensing response to natural disasters and other dynamic events through interaction with the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

To view the Earth Observations Minibook, visit our Minibook PDF (Requires a PDF reader such as the one here.)
For more information about Crew Earth Observations, visit the ISS Mission Page for Crew Earth Observations.
For a list of publications on astronaut photography of the Earth, visit our Scientific Publications page.
Meet the Team
Team Member Focus
Kenton Fisher Lead, ESRS
Dr. William Stefanov ISS Program Scientist for Earth Observations
Robert Scharf Group Manager, Scientist
Andrea Meado Earth Scientist, Section Manager, Project Manager
Andrew Britton Planetary Scientist
James Heydorn Webmaster, System Admin
Amy Jagge Earth Scientist, GIS Specialist, Image Data Scientist
Mark Lambert Image Data Scientist, Machine Learning, Artificial Neural Networks, CEO Payload Operator
Laura Phoebus Earth Scientist, CEO Payload Operator, GIS Specialist
Sara Schmidt Earth Scientist, Lead CEO Payload Operator
Alex Stoken Image Data Scientist, Machine Learning
Amber Turner Planetary Scientist, CEO Payload Operator
Dr. Justin Wilkinson Earth Scientist, Mission Operations