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Long-Term Warming Trend Continued in 2017

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Warming Trend

Earth's global surface temperatures in 2017 ranked as the second warmest since 1880, according to an analysis by NASA.


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Bacteria Thrive as Earth's Oceans Warm

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Bacterial Growth

Scientists have been working to identify the ways in which our warming seas are affecting other Earth systems, including life in the ocean.

Earth from Space: Sahara Snow

Earth from Space: Sahara Snow Video in Story

The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission has captured rare snowfall in northwest Algeria, on the edge of the Sahara desert.


Life-saving NASA Communications System Turns 20

Life-saving NASA Communications System Turns 20

NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellites (TDRS) don't just enable data from spacecraft to reach Earth - they provide internet and even telemedicine to researchers at the South Pole.


First Direct Proof of Ozone Hole Recovery

First Direct Proof of Ozone Hole Recovery

For the first time, scientists have shown through direct observations of the ozone hole by a satellite instrument, built by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, that levels of ozone-destroying chlorine are declining, resulting in less ozone depletion.


Mesovortex Over Lake Michigan Viewed From Space

Mesovortex Over Lake Michigan Viewed From Space

On December 31, 2017, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite captured this image of a strong band of lake-effect snow moving across Lake Michigan.


Earth Methane Puzzle Solved

Earth Methane Puzzle Solved

A new NASA-led study has solved a puzzle involving the recent rise in atmospheric methane, a potent greenhouse gas, with a new calculation of emissions from global fires.


New Year's Clouds Seen From Space

New Year's Clouds Seen From Space

One of the first images acquired by the Suomi NPP satellite in 2018 was this clear nighttime view of the northeastern United States.


Operation IceBridge View of Larcen C

Operation IceBridge View of Larcen C

This is an photograph from the Oct. 31, 2017 Operation IceBridge flight over the Larsen C.


Operation IceBridge View of Larcen C

Operation IceBridge View of Larcen C

This is an photograph from the Oct. 31, 2017 Operation IceBridge flight over the Larsen C.


Citizen-scientists Help Researchers Map Kelp Forests With Space Imagery

Citizen-scientists Help Researchers Map Kelp Forests With Space Imagery

Kelp forests grow along coastlines worldwide, largely hidden from view. Like rainforests, they're among the planet's most important ecosystems: beautiful but fragile habitats for a wide array of plant and animal species.


Earth from Space: Reindeer Island, Canada

Earth from Space: Reindeer Island, Canada Video in Story

The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over part of Lake Winnipeg in the Canadian province of Manitoba, with Reindeer Island visible in the lower-right part of the image.


Earth from Space: Orange County, California

Earth from Space: Orange County, California Video in Story

The Sentinel-1 radar satellite mission takes us over Orange County and surrounding areas in the US state of California.


East Antarctic Ice Sheet Has A History of Instability

East Antarctic Ice Sheet Has A History of Instability

The East Antarctic Ice Sheet locks away enough water to raise sea level an estimated 53 meters (174 feet), more than any other ice sheet on the planet.


Orbital View of Southern California Wildfires From the Space Station

Orbital View of Southern California Wildfires From the Space Station

The southern California wildfires could be seen by the International Space Station crew.


Southern California Wildfires Viewed From Orbit

Southern California Wildfires Viewed From Orbit

Expedition 53 Commander Randy Bresnik aboard the International Space Station took this photo of the California wildfires in the Los Angeles area on Dec. 6, 2017.


Earth from Space: Toulouse, France

Earth from Space: Toulouse, France Video in Story

The Copernicus Sentinel-2A satellite takes us over Toulouse in southern France and the surrounding agricultural landscape.


Earth from Space: The Amazon River

Earth from Space: The Amazon River Video in Story

The Copernicus Sentinel-2A satellite takes us over northern Brazil on 22 August 2017, where the Amazon River meets the Atlantic Ocean.


Antarctic Selfie's Journey to Space via Disruption Tolerant Networking

Antarctic Selfie's Journey to Space via Disruption Tolerant Networking

NASA is boosting cyber to space with benefits for Earth. On Nov. 20, 2017, a selfie snapped from the National Science Foundation's McMurdo Station in Antarctica demonstrated technology that can enable the future interplanetary internet.



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