Those of a certain age will remember a television series named Sky King that chronicled the adventures of a pilot who used his vantage point in the sky to reveal ne’r-do-wells and lay bare evil plots.
Satellites and the Internet have taken that idea to a whole new level. The website SkyTruth “uses pictures taken from orbiting satellites and aircraft to show people the impacts of our activities on the planet.”
On Feb. 9th’s blog, SkyTruth highlighted an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that has been leaking crude oil since 2004. Both the website and the blog keep an eye on environmental concerns such as the Upper Green River Valley gas drilling in Wyoming and mountaintop removal coal-mining in Appalachia.
It’s yet another example of the intersection of today’s technologies, communication abilities, and environmental awareness that were not dreamed of in the 1950s’ days of Sky King--which after all, were not really all that long ago.
Now “Out of the blue of the Western sky comes” — SkyTruth!