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Published June 15, 2011, 07:03 PM

UND's AgCam Takes First Image From Space

The University of North Dakota's International Space Station Agricultural Camera or ISSAC for short, has successfully captured its first high-resolution image from space.

The University of North Dakota's International Space Station Agricultural Camera or ISSAC for short, has successfully captured its first high-resolution image from space.

The photograph, taken last Friday and depicting the western coastal region of Florida, is a milestone for the program and represents a decade-long development by UND students and faculty members.

ISSAC will be operated and controlled remotely by students working in the ISSAC Science Operations Center on the UND campus.

"To pinpoint what will be the targeting time and when we need to take the pictures and how to downlink those things and how to communicate with NASA during our real time operations," ISSAC operations manager Jagan Ranganathan said.

The pictures can view current disasters such as the Joplin, MO, tornadoes and even flooding on Devils Lake.

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