Alaska Satellite Facility - Distributed Active Archive Center

Tributes for ASF’s 25th Anniversary

Commemorating a quarter century of making remote sensing accessible

Recognition for ASF in its 25th anniversary year has come from all directions, from NASA’s Near Earth Network (NEN) to the Alaska state legislature. At an anniversary celebration held in June, University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen, pictured at right, noted “the importance of the Alaska Satellite Facility not only to UAF and Alaska, but to the international research community, enhancing UAF’s strength as America’s Arctic research university.”

In June, a 25th-anniversary open house drew 300 members of the local community to participate in activities suitable for all ages. They featured a First Friday art show highlighting imagery from satellites, including radar images of Earth; activities and exhibits, including coloring books, do-it-yourself satellite-model construction, unmanned aircraft and rocketry; and scientific posters depicting research using synthetic aperture radar (SAR).

Flanked by UAF President Jim Johnsen (left) and NASA NEN project manager David Carter (right), ASF Director Nettie La Belle-Hamer displays a plaque presented to ASF by Carter.

A June open house celebrating ASF’s 25th anniversary drew 300 people of all ages to activites inside and outside.

NASA’s Near Earth Network (NEN) presented ASF with a plaque recognizing ASF’s 25 years of providing remote-sensing data.

The Alaska legislature presented a citation to ASF honoring the facility’s contributions to the scientific community.

A June reception celebrating ASF’s 25th anniversary made the front page of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.