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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: ATom 2016: World Survey of the Atmosphere

Notes from the Field: ATom 2016: World Survey of the Atmosphere

The Atmospheric Tomography (ATom) mission seeks to understand how short-lived greenhouse gases like ozone and methane contribute to climate change. NASA's DC-8 flying laboratory will fly from Alaska to the tip of South America, then north to Greenland to measure more than 200 gases and particles in the air and their interactions. Read more

Notes from the Field: The Ablation Zone: Where Ice Goes to Die

Notes from the Field: The Ablation Zone: Where Ice Goes to Die

In summer 2016, researchers landed on the Greenland Ice Sheet to study the efficiency of its drainage system. Intensive mapping, monitoring, and measuring of the ice sheet's rivers will help scientists improve estimates of ice loss via surface melt and its effect on global sea level rise. Read more

World of Change: Ice Loss in Glacier National Park

World of Change: Ice Loss in Glacier National Park

Shrinking since at least the early 1900s, the ice cover in Glacier National Park is expected to keep declining until only insignificant lumps remain. These images show changes to the park's ice and surrounding landscape since 1984. Read more

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Natural Hazards

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Smoke Over South America August 25, 2016
Smoke Over South America
Typhoon Mindulle over JapanAugust 22, 2016
Typhoon Mindulle over Japan
Image of the Day Increased Fire Comes with Increased Health RisksAugust 18, 2016
Increased Fire Comes with Increased Health Risks
Image of the Day Blue Cut Fire at NightAugust 17, 2016
Blue Cut Fire at Night
Image of the Day Deluge in Louisiana August 12, 2016
Deluge in Louisiana
Image of the Day Fires Rage in PortugalAugust 11, 2016
Fires Rage in Portugal
Image of the Day A Nearly Ice-Free Northwest PassageAugust 9, 2016
A Nearly Ice-Free Northwest Passage
Image of the Day Dampening Dust StormsAugust 2, 2016
Dampening Dust Storms
Tropical Storm EarlAugust 2, 2016
Tropical Storm Earl
Typhoon Nida August 1, 2016
Typhoon Nida
Image of the Day Wildfire along the California CoastJuly 29, 2016
Wildfire along the California Coast
Image of the Day Flooding in ChinaJuly 28, 2016
Flooding in China
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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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