Making Space for Earth

Satellite data of precipitation, groundwater availability, land elevation and evapotranspiration
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
Jan 29, 2018
Despite its massive size, the blue whale is listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Learn how earth-observing satellites are reducing our impacts on threatened marine wildlife.
Photo of ship at sea
Jan 16, 2018
The largest contiguous irrigation system on Earth provides water to 100 million people across South Asia. Until recently, monitoring the amount and location of available irrigation water could be a large undertaking of both labor and equipment. Enter Earth-observing satellites. Now, that enormous... Read More
Satellite image of water and land
Earth, Climate Change
Jan 2, 2018
When life and livelihood depend upon the rain, the whim of weather creates a precarious relationship between farmer and Mother Nature.
Photo of man in vegetable garden
Dec 26, 2017
Ozone is a highly reactive gas that can be broadly divided into two categories—“good” and “bad.” Good ozone is found in the stratosphere and shields the Earth from harmful levels of ultraviolet radiation; bad ozone is created near the ground level from various natural and human sources, and can... Read More
Landscape painting with city in background behind hazy sky
Dec 10, 2017
The Soda Fire ignited on August 10, 2015, burning across the rugged landscape of southwest Idaho and eastern Oregon. Feeding on sagebrush, cheatgrass, and mountain mahogany, the blaze expanded quickly, from 78,000 acres on the morning of August 12, to 120,000 acres by that afternoon.
wildfire burning
Nov 28, 2017
Data from above guided an unprecedented effort to help Nepal recover from a series of devastating earthquakes The Nepal earthquake disaster launched a global humanitarian effort in 2015. Even as the dust still settled, space-based information aided the nation’s recovery… and watched for new hazards...
Photo of earthquake damage in Nepal
Nov 13, 2017
Earth observations are aiding the mission to end river blindness. When a former president of the United States asked for assistance in eliminating a debilitating disease from the Americas, it was a challenge we decided to take on.
River blindness
Oct 30, 2017
What’s a long-billed dowitcher worth? How about a spotted sandpiper? For some rice farmers in California’s Central Valley, renting out a priceless avian oasis is bringing both economic benefits and ecological rewards.
Flock of birds in flight
Oct 16, 2017
Atlanta is a bustling American metropolis of concrete and steel. It also boasts extensive parks, gardens, and urban forests. As with other growing metro areas, the city has been seeking ways to balance this green canopy and its vital infrastructure—especially as its population is expected to double... Read More
Photo of Atlanta's cityscape
Oct 2, 2017
Located on the southern shore of Georgian Bay in Ontario, the idyllic Great Lakes town of Collingwood has been battling a growing problem—an invasive wetland reed called Phragmites australis. And the town is not alone in its fight.
Photo of girl in field
Earth, Climate Change
Sep 18, 2017
It’s estimated that Hurricane Harvey dumped more than 30 trillion gallons of water across parts of the U.S. – most of it in east Texas and Louisiana.
Satellite image of Hurricane Harvey's precipitation over Texas
Sep 5, 2017
Along Antarctica’s coastline, marine mammals, seabirds, and aquatic life thrive in the icy, krill-rich waters of the Southern Ocean. One of many species that depends on krill for their diet, Adélie penguins are distributed around the Antarctic coast and nest in some the world’s most remote places.
Four penguins standing on ice
Aug 21, 2017
The ecological footprint of the world’s tropical rainforests is enormous. It’s estimated they support 50 percent of all terrestrial life, yet cover less than seven percent of the globe. A SERVIR project put space-based rainforest data online which is fostering innovative applications in Africa.
Photo of gorillas in a rainforest
Aug 7, 2017
Flooding killed more than 125 people in the U.S. in 2016. When disasters threaten the lives of Americans, NASA Earth Science uses its perspective from space to assist response and recovery efforts.
Photo of cars submerged in flood water