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Wildfires in the Brazilian Rainforest Creating Cross Country Smoke

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This natural-color image of smoke and fires in several states within Brazil including Amazonas, Mato Grosso, and Rondônia was collected by NOAA/NASA's Suomi NPP using the VIIRS (Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite) instrument on August 20, 2019.


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GRACE-FO Shows The Weight of Midwestern Floods

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GRACE-FO Shows The Weight of Midwestern Floods

In May 2019, after the wettest 12 months ever recorded in the Mississippi River Basin, the region was bearing the weight of 8 to 12 inches (200 to 300 millimeters) more water than average.

A New Timeline of Earth's Cataclysmic Past

A New Timeline of Earth's Cataclysmic Past

Welcome to the early solar system. Just after the planets formed more than 4.5 billion years ago, our cosmic neighborhood was a chaotic place. Waves of comets, asteroids and even proto-planets streamed toward the inner solar system, with some crashing into Earth on their way.


Mega-cloud From Canadian Wildfires Will Help Model Impacts Of Nuclear War

Mega-cloud From Canadian Wildfires Will Help Model Impacts Of Nuclear War

Extreme wildfires in British Columbia, Canada, pumped so much smoke into the upper atmosphere in August 2017 that an enormous cloud circled most of the Northern Hemisphere - a finding in the journal Science that will help scientists model the climate impacts of nuclear war.


NASA Gauges Plant Stress in Costa Rican Drought

NASA Gauges Plant Stress in Costa Rican Drought

NASA's ECOsystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on Space Station (ECOSTRESS) has imaged the stress on Costa Rican vegetation caused by a massive regional drought that led the Central American nation's government to declare a state of emergency on July 23.


Earth's Last Magnetic Field Reversal Took Far Longer Than Once Thought

Earth's Last Magnetic Field Reversal Took Far Longer Than Once Thought

Earth's magnetic field seems steady and true -- reliable enough to navigate by.


NASA Targets Coastal Ecosystems with New Space Sensor

NASA Targets Coastal Ecosystems with New Space Sensor

NASA has selected a space-based instrument under its Earth Venture Instrument (EVI) portfolio that will make observations of coastal waters to help protect ecosystem sustainability, improve resource management, and enhance economic activity.


Siberian Wildfires Seen From Orbit

Siberian Wildfires Seen From Orbit

Hundreds of wildfires have broken out in Siberia, some of which can be seen in this image captured from space on 28 July 2019.


Orbital Observation: Sargassum Blankets Beaches

Orbital Observation: Sargassum Blankets Beaches

Over the last month, massive quantities of the Sargassum seaweed have been washing up on the shores of Mexico, Florida in the US and some Caribbean islands, creating a serious environmental problem and causing havoc for the tourist industry.


Flowing Antarctic Ice Mapped 10 Times More Accurately

Flowing Antarctic Ice Mapped 10 Times More Accurately

Far more accurate than any previous map, this new representation of glacier flows in Antarctica opens the door to an improved understanding of the vast continent and the future pace of sea level rise.


Earth from Space: Lake Balaton, Hungary

Earth from Space: Lake Balaton, Hungary Video in Story

The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over Lake Balaton in western Hungary.


Expanding Our Knowledge Of Arctic Ocean Bathymetry

Expanding Our Knowledge Of Arctic Ocean Bathymetry

Our knowledge of the depth and shape of the Arctic Ocean floor - its bathymetry - is insufficient.


Earth from Space: Palm Oil Plantations, Borneo

Earth from Space: Palm Oil Plantations, Borneo Video in Story

The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over palm oil plantations in East Kalimantan - the Indonesian part of the island Borneo.


Earth from Space: Mount Fuji, Japan

Earth from Space: Mount Fuji, Japan Video in Story

The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over Mount Fuji, Japan's highest mountain standing at 3776 metres tall. In this spring image, the mountain can be seen coated in pure white snow.


Designing The Meteosat Third Generation Imager

Designing The Meteosat Third Generation Imager

This mesh-based model of Europe's future Meteosat Third Generation Imager (MTG-I) satellite has helped select the optimal location of the radio frequency antennas used to send it commands and downlink mission telemetry.


NASA Maps Surface Changes From California Quakes

NASA Maps Surface Changes From California Quakes

Damage from two strong earthquakes that rattled Southern California on July 4 and July 5 - a magnitude 6.4 and a magnitude 7.1, respectively - can be seen from space.


ECOSTRESS Maps European Heat Wave From Space

ECOSTRESS Maps European Heat Wave From Space

Europe's massive heat wave is on its way out -- and it's leaving a slew of broken temperature records in its wake.


German Wildfire Seen From Orbit

German Wildfire Seen From Orbit

On 30 June, a wildfire broke out at a military training site in Lübtheen, in northern Germany.


What Is Happening to Greenland's Ice?

What Is Happening to Greenland's Ice?

Heatwave conditions catapulted Greenland into an early Arctic summer in June, prompting widespread melting across its icesheet surface, according to researchers at the Danish Meteorological Institute.



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