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Celebrating a Decade of CloudSat and Calipso

Celebrating a Decade of CloudSat and Calipso

For a decade, the CloudSat and CALIPSO satellites have used radar and lidar to “slice” through clouds and plumes of atmospheric particles to gain a better understanding of the vertical structures of the ephemeral features. Read more

Methane Matters

Methane Matters

The concentration of methane in the atmosphere has been fluctuating, mostly rising. The question is why. Scientists wonder if they have the right monitoring systems in place to answer that question adequately. Read more

Notes from the Field: Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE)

Notes from the Field: Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE)

The Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) is a multi-year field campaign in Alaska and western Canada, involving dozens of research teams. ABoVE researchers are investigating the vulnerability and resilience of ecosystems (such as permafrost, forests, and coastlines) and society to this changing environment. Read more

Reading the ABCs from Space

Reading the ABCs from Space

Some people see animals or omens in the clouds and landscape. We see letters. Read more

Seeing Through the Smoky Pall: Observations from a Grim Indonesian Fire Season

Seeing Through the Smoky Pall: Observations from a Grim Indonesian Fire Season

Thick peat, El Niño weather, and economic development came together to produce prodigious fires and planet-warming emissions. Read more

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Natural Hazards

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Fires and Smoke in NepalApril 28, 2016
Fires and Smoke in Nepal
Image of the Day Cyclone FantalaApril 18, 2016
Cyclone Fantala
Image of the Day Looking Through the Storm That Swamped HoustonApril 17, 2016
Looking Through the Storm That Swamped Houston
Image of the Day Record Rainfall in Southeast TexasApril 15, 2016
Record Rainfall in Southeast Texas
Image of the Day Heat Wave Hits Thailand, IndiaApril 0, 2016
Heat Wave Hits Thailand, India
Image of the Day Pavlof Erupts AgainMarch 28, 2016
Pavlof Erupts Again
Image of the Day Grass Fires Char Kansas, OklahomaMarch 23, 2016
Grass Fires Char Kansas, Oklahoma
Image of the Day Spring Snow Cover in The AlpsMarch 20, 2016
Spring Snow Cover in The Alps
Image of the Day Smoke and Fire in the Indochina PeninsulaMarch 19, 2016
Smoke and Fire in the Indochina Peninsula
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World of Change

Satellite images showing how our world— forests, oceans, cities, even the Sun— has changed in recent decades.
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Blue Marble

Composite satellite images of the entire Earth.
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Earth at Night

The night side of Earth twinkles with light in these composite global and regional views.
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Experiments

Hands-on educational activities.
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Visible Earth

A catalog of NASA images and animations of our home planet.
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NASA Earth Observations

View, download, and analyze imagery of Earth science data.
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