Making Space for Earth

Photograph of woman standing in front of sun setting over large body of water
Apr 18, 2019
A natural curiosity about our home planet is often the greatest driver of scientists who use Earth observations to better understand the Earth’s land, water, and ecosystems—this is one of their stories.
Apr 3, 2019
National Public Health Week is April 1-7, 2019, and NASA Earth Science Division is committed to collaborative projects that apply Earth science satellite imagery and data to encourage community engagement in environmental and public health issues.
Photo of Red Tide along Florida coast
Mar 22, 2019
Last spring, the arid western edge of the Navajo Nation in Arizona was drier than it had been in many years. Feral and wild horses, dehydrated and malnourished, sought out a watering hole near Gray Mountain. Instead of finding relief, nearly 200 got stuck in muddy clay and perished.
Mar 21, 2019
World Water Day is March 22, and this year’s theme, “Leaving no one behind,” adapts the central promise of the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that everyone has a right to clean water.
Photo of farmers working fields
Mar 4, 2019
Earth’s human population—which now surpasses 7.5 billion—continues to grow, with the scale of our towns and cities following suit. As our communities grow, the habitats of our fellow creatures—animals like tigers, elephants and even squirrels—are shrinking. Despite protected areas, it is now more... Read More
Photo of Viral Shah
Feb 25, 2019
For the past 5 years, the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission’s data has provided critical information to end-users to further our understanding of Earth's water cycle and to facilitate decision‐making at local and global scales. Building on the legacy of TRMM, the use of high‐quality... Read More
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.