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Sea Ice

Sea Ice

Polar sea ice grows and shrinks dramatically each year, driven by seasonal cycles. Habitat for wildlife and harbinger of changing climate, sea ice offers scientists important clues about the state of our planet. Read more

Notes from the Field: Observations of Aerosols Above Clouds and their Interactions (ORACLES)

Notes from the Field: Observations of Aerosols Above Clouds and their Interactions (ORACLES)

Off the coast of Namibia in southern Africa, a near-permanent cloud-bank and a layer of airborne particles above it make the perfect natural laboratory to study the interactions of clouds, aerosols, and climate change. Read more

A Tale of Fire and Water: A NASA Scientist's Quest to Understand the Rain in Africa

A Tale of Fire and Water: A NASA Scientist's Quest to Understand the Rain in Africa

Charles Ichoku wants to understand whether fires in sub-Saharan Africa are changing the timing and duration of rains. The viability of Lake Chad may depend on what his team finds. Read more

 National Parks from Space

National Parks from Space

The U.S. National Park Service celebrates its centennial in 2016, commemorating 100 years of stewardship of America’s natural and historic treasures. Many of those monuments, scenic rivers, parks, and historic sites are visible from space—where the views are just as compelling. Read more

Notes from the Field: Salinity Processes in the Upper Ocean Regional Study (SPURS)

Notes from the Field: Salinity Processes in the Upper Ocean Regional Study (SPURS)

In the second part of this field campaign, scientists will visit the Pacific Ocean southwest of Hawaii where ocean salinity concentrations are driven by precipitation. They will spend six weeks studying how variations in salinity relate to an acceleration of the global water cycle and climate change. Read more

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Natural Hazards

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Image of the Day Typhoon Megi Passes TaiwanSeptember 27, 2016
Typhoon Megi Passes Taiwan
Typhoon MegiSeptember 26, 2016
Typhoon Megi
Image of the Day Unseasonal Flooding in IowaSeptember 26, 2016
Unseasonal Flooding in Iowa
Image of the Day Puerto Rico Goes DarkSeptember 21, 2016
Puerto Rico Goes Dark
Typhoon MalakasSeptember 19, 2016
Typhoon Malakas
Typhoon Malakas Over JapanSeptember 19, 2016
Typhoon Malakas Over Japan
Image of the Day Smoke and Fires in Central RussiaSeptember 18, 2016
Smoke and Fires in Central Russia
Fires  and Fall in Russia September 15, 2016
Fires and Fall in Russia
Image of the Day Soberanes Still BurnsSeptember 15, 2016
Soberanes Still Burns
Image of the Day Super Typhoon MerantiSeptember 13, 2016
Super Typhoon Meranti
Image of the Day Lava Flow on Volcán de FuegoSeptember 7, 2016
Lava Flow on Volcán de Fuego
Tropical Storm Newton September 5, 2016
Tropical Storm Newton
Image of the Day The Evolution of Hurricane Hermine September 1, 2016
The Evolution of Hurricane Hermine
Typhoon LionrockAugust 28, 2016
Typhoon Lionrock
Smoke Over South America August 25, 2016
Smoke Over South America
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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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