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Earth from Space: Jewels of the Maldives Video in Story

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Earth from Space: Jewels of the Maldives.

Copernicus Sentinel-2 brings you some of the jewels of the Maldives for Valentine's week.


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Mountains 660 Kilometers Below Our Feet

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Earth's Core

Most schoolchildren learn that the Earth has three (or four) layers: a crust, mantle and core, which is sometimes subdivided into an inner and outer core.

Extreme Weather in Chile Causing Catastrophic Fires

Extreme Weather in Chile Causing Catastrophic Fires

February has just begun and already weather extremes are being seen throughout the country of Chile. In the northern part of Chile one of the world's driest deserts is flooding and in the south some of the planet's wettest woodlands are burning.


Van Allen Probes Begin Final Phase of Exploration in Earth's Radiation Belts

Van Allen Probes Begin Final Phase of Exploration in Earth's Radiation Belts

Two tough, resilient, NASA spacecraft have been orbiting Earth for the past six and a half years, flying repeatedly through a hazardous zone of charged particles around our planet called the Van Allen radiation belts.


Earth from Space: Northeast Kenya

Earth from Space: Northeast Kenya Video in Story

Captured on 1 October 2018 by the Copernicus Sentinel-2A satellite, this image features part of northeast Kenya - an area east of the East African Rift.


2018 Was The Fourth Warmest Year In A Continued Warming Trend

2018 Was The Fourth Warmest Year In A Continued Warming Trend

Earth's global surface temperatures in 2018 were the fourth warmest since 1880, according to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).


Eruption Of Mt. Etna Seen From Space

Eruption Of Mt. Etna Seen From Space

For the first time in perhaps a decade, Mount Etna experienced a "flank eruption" -- erupting from its side instead of its summit -- on December 24, 2018.


Suomi NPP Satellite Catches Development of Tropical Cyclone 12S

Suomi NPP Satellite Catches Development of Tropical Cyclone 12S

Tropical Cyclone 12S has developed east of the African island nation of Madagascar.


Deadly Indonesian Quake Was a Rare 'Superfast' Event

Deadly Indonesian Quake Was a Rare 'Superfast' Event

Last September's major earthquake near Palu City on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi was a rare supershear event, a new study has found. Fewer than 15 of these superfast-moving, extra-powerful earthquakes have ever been identified.


Kite-blown Antarctic Explorers Make Most Southerly Galileo Positioning Fix

Kite-blown Antarctic Explorers Make Most Southerly Galileo Positioning Fix

A kite-blown science expedition to the interior of Antarctica has made the most southerly positioning fixes yet made with Europe's Galileo satellite navigation system.


More of Africa Scarred by Fires Than Thought

More of Africa Scarred by Fires Than Thought

Wildfires can cause devastation and are also to blame for more than a quarter of greenhouse gases being released into the atmosphere.


Arctic Weather Plunges into North America

Arctic Weather Plunges into North America

Desperately cold weather is now gripping the Midwest and Northern Plains of the United States, as well as interior Canada. The culprit is a familiar one: the polar vortex.


Huge Cavity in Antarctic Glacier Signals Rapid Decay

Huge Cavity in Antarctic Glacier Signals Rapid Decay

A gigantic cavity -- two-thirds the area of Manhattan and almost 1,000 feet (300 meters) tall -- growing at the bottom of Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica is one of several disturbing discoveries reported in a new NASA-led study of the disintegrating glacier.


Earth from Space: Uruguay River Wetlands

Earth from Space: Uruguay River Wetlands Video in Story

The Copernicus Sentinel-2B satellite takes us along the lower reaches of the brown, sediment-rich Uruguay River.


Earth from Space: Gangotri, India

Earth from Space: Gangotri, India Video in Story

The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over Gangotri, one of the largest glaciers in the Himalayas and one of the main sources of water for the Ganges River.


South Africa Fires Viewed From Space

South Africa Fires Viewed From Space

South Africa's Western Cape often falls victim to fires during the dry hot summer months.


The Desert That Ate A Sea

The Desert That Ate A Sea

This Proba-V view shows all that is left of the Aral Sea, once one of the four largest lakes in the world and now one of the world's major ecological disaster areas. It has shrunk into separate lakes, surrounded by Earth's youngest desert.


Orbital View Of Sayram Lake In China

Orbital View Of Sayram Lake In China

Sayram Lake is pictured in northwest China near the border with Kazakhstan as the International Space Station orbited 253 miles above the Asian continent.


The Senegal River Valley Seen From Orbit

The Senegal River Valley Seen From Orbit

The Senegal River valley that marks the border between the Atlantic coast nations of Senegal and Mauritania is pictured as the International Space Station orbited 252 miles above the African continent.



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