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December 19, 2013 - Landsat 8 Helps Reveal the Coldest Place on Earth

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Landsat 8
July/August 2013
coldest place records
July/August 2013
 

What is the coldest place on Earth? It’s a high ridge in Antarctica on the East Antarctic Plateau where temperatures can dip below minus 133.6 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 92 degrees Celsius) on a clear winter night. 

Ted Scambos, a member of the Landsat Science Team, along with other researchers at the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colorado, discovered the lowest temperatures ever recorded on Earth using measurements from Earth-observing satellites, including Landsat 8’s Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS). The TIRS sensor can pick up thermal radiation emitted from the Earth's surface, even in areas lacking much heat. The study is an example of the intriguing science possible with Landsat 8 and the TIRS instrument.

More information about the coldest place on Earth can be found at http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2013/09dec_coldspot.