Making Space for Earth

Dec 18, 2018
Using satellite observations of Antarctica to search for penguin guano (poo) may not sound like the most exciting research, but it’s providing scientists with unique insights on the Adélie penguin’s diet and the effect that changes in that diet might have on the Adélie’s future. Adélie penguin... Read More
Nov 1, 2018
On One Health Day, and every day, NASA Earth is committed to collaborative projects that apply Earth science satellite imagery and data to encourage community engagement in environmental and public health issues. The international campaign, celebrated annually on November 3rd, gives us special... Read More
Microscope photo of cells
Oct 24, 2018
Asthma is the most prevalent chronic respiratory disease worldwide; affecting 358 million people in 2015—including 14 percent of the world’s children.
Pollutant concentrations map
Oct 5, 2018
Since the beginning of the space era, world leaders have expressed how space symbolizes common aspirations and dreams of humanity. The United Nations, in particular, emphasizes the important contributions of space science and technology in achieving sustainable development goals and increasing the... Read More
Photo of children receiving an alert
Sep 10, 2018
On any given day, Zoubaida Salman instructs a classroom of 15-year-olds at the Sur Baher Girls School in East Jerusalem, where she has served as the science teacher and Environment and Health Coordinator for the past 22 years. One of the most important lessons comes from their backyard: water is... Read More
Satellite data of precipitation, groundwater availability, land elevation and evapotranspiration
Aug 20, 2018
Glaciers are a key indicator of climate change, the proverbial canaries in the coal mine. Studying past and present behavior of glaciers and analyzing possible long-term changes help governments to better understand the impacts of climate change on water resources.
False-color satellite image of glacier in Afghanistan
Aug 6, 2018
Following four decades of conflict, Afghanistan faces environmental challenges on many fronts, including a growing water crisis across the country. Less than a third of the country’s population has access to clean drinking water, causing thousands of deaths each year due to contamination and poor... Read More
Photo of group training
Jul 23, 2018
World history is marked with notable women who have made significant contributions to science and technology. Despite recent achievements and progress, though, women make up less than 30% of the world researchers in science and technology and the figure is less than 20% in some places, particularly... Read More
Photo of group of women in science
Jul 9, 2018
The timing and onset of rainfall is crucial for hundreds of thousands of farmers in the developing world when sowing, fertilizing and harvesting crops. Unpredictability in weather, and rainfall in particular, poses a serious challenge that results in missed opportunities for maximizing crop yields.
Photo of two women working in a rice field.
Jun 25, 2018
Forest fires have adverse ecological and economic effects and are a major concern in many countries, including Nepal. During the long, dry summers, Nepal experiences many forest fires. In 2016, a record number of fires were reported killing 15 people and consuming an area of 13,000 square... Read More
Satellite image of smoke from fire in Nepal
Jun 13, 2018
For many years, pastoralists in Northern Kenya have been affected by Opuntia stricta, an invasive cactus native to the Caribbean region and commonly referred to as prickly pear. This invasive species not only has overtaken the landscape and shrunken the forage space for both wildlife and livestock... Read More
Photo of bull in Kenya after eating prickly pear cactus
May 20, 2018
USAID and NASA are supporting women scientists around the world to use science and technology to improve resilience and raise the visibility of women in science. More than 30 women scientists and experts work with the USAID- and NASA- supported SERVIR program to solve their countries... Read More
Photo of Participants of the SERVIR Service Planning,  Workshop in Nairobi, Kenya
May 20, 2018
More than half of Kenya’s nearly 50 million citizens work in the agricultural sector, underscoring the important role farming plays in Kenya’s economy and individuals’ livelihoods. Despite the importance of agriculture, up until recently the Government of Kenya had been using outdated cropland maps... Read More
Photo of Kenya people doing fieldwork training for remote sensing
May 7, 2018
Continuous streams of Earth observations and information made possible by NASA form the foundation for critical environmental planning and decisions by people all over the world. But many organizations and governments are resource challenged and lack the capacity to put these timely insights to... Read More
Group photo of NASA and University of Twente groups
Apr 23, 2018
Christopher Hain of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, has released a new global geospatial dataset to benefit agriculture and food security around the world. The new dataset, called the Evaporative Stress Index (ESI), is available online and produced weekly at 5-kilometer... Read More
Global ESI data map