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How San Diego relates to outer space

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Courtesy: NASA 2014 wildfires Courtesy: NASA 2014 wildfires
San Diego Air & Space Museum Board of Directors in Lancaster, CA with Art Thompson, VP Sage Cheshire Aerospace Courtesy: Timothy Prendergast San Diego Air & Space Museum Board of Directors in Lancaster, CA with Art Thompson, VP Sage Cheshire Aerospace Courtesy: Timothy Prendergast
Natasha Stenbock with Art Thompson who was honored during SDASM's Legends of Flight 2013. Natasha Stenbock with Art Thompson who was honored during SDASM's Legends of Flight 2013.

SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - What do nature and outer space have in common? A lot more than you may think. The aerospace industry plays a big role in our natural habitat, one example would be orbiting satellites and the incredible images they capture.

Images from space give scientists a global perspective on the health of our atmosphere and show incredible weather patterns we would otherwise never see. Take for instance the picture above detecting our recent wildfires in San Diego, or the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2, a new Earth-orbiting NASA satellite scheduled to launch July 1, which will record detailed daily measurements of carbon dioxide.

How does San Diego tie into outer space? The picture to the left shows the heartbeat of our local aerospace leaders - San Diego Air & Space Museum Board of Directors visiting Art Thompson, VP of Sage Cheshire Aerospace. This group of innovators has collectively contributed to the advancement of aerospace engineering, safety in space, education, and research. All the dots connect when you stop and think about how ideas come into fruition.

To learn more about SDASM, which is an incredible local resource click here.

For information about Art Thompson's role in aerospace safety and the 2012 space jump, click here. My involvement in the aerospace community started with my love for weather, nature, and fascination with space.

Read the blog I authored covering the development of Red Bull Stratos and the record breaking jump.

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