Making Space for Earth

Microscope photo of cells
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
Mar 12, 2018
NASA satellites are helping Wisconsin develop a clearer picture of its diverse and abundant fauna. Through a partnership project called Snapshot Wisconsin, scientists and managers are focusing on better wildlife management by linking spaceborne views with keen eyes on the ground.
photo of deer
Feb 26, 2018
Few things in nature are as impressive as watching salmon valiantly leap upstream through raging rivers to spawn their next generation. Their journey can be thousands of kilometers long, and once completed, most salmon species die within a week after spawning.
Photo of fishing boat
Feb 13, 2018
Coral reefs are some of the most diverse ecosystems on Earth. Known as the "rainforests of the sea," they are home to more than a quarter of all marine species. Yet they beauty and vitality of the coral reef environments are threatened—and the reasons are numerous. 
Photo of coral reef
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