NASA Earth Blogs

Find more collections and individual images of Earth from space on the Earth Observatory website.

Global Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet: This online resource from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, provides accurate and timely news and information about Earth’s changing climate, along with current data and visualizations.

NASA Earth ScienceCasts: Learn more about NASA Earth science by watching NASA ScienceCast videos featuring experts discussing the latest missions and findings about what’s happening on our planet.

Science Mission Directorate (SMD) News: All the latest news about SMD ― Earth, Heliophysics, Astrophysics, Planetary Science and the Joint Agency Satellite Division (JASD) ― is found here.

Scientific Visualization Studio: Watch stunning scientific visualizations, animations and images that promote a greater understanding of Earth and space science.

NASA’s Eyes: “Eyes on Earth” is an immersive app that allows users to virtually fly along with NASA’s Earth-observing missions. Other apps include a tours of the solar system and exoplanets, and journeys with Explorer 1, which was the first U.S. satellite, and the Voyager mission.

Key Documents

Decadal Surveys

“Thriving on Our Changing Planet: A Decadal Strategy for Earth Observation from Space,” National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, 2017 (Second Decadal Survey)

“Earth Science and Applications from Space: National Imperatives for the Next Decade and Beyond,” 2007, National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (First Decadal Survey)

Earth Science Senior Review

A Senior Review Panel is convened to evaluate the scientific performance of each mission and the continued relevance of each mission to the NASA Science Strategic Plan. Missions that pass the senior review process may then be extended beyond their primary operational phase into an extended operational phase.

Earth Science Division Annual Reports

NASA SMD Science Plan

NASA Strategic Plan

Additional Documents

Citizen Science

GLOBE: Students, teachers and scientists from more than 110 countries participate in the GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) program, which gives them the opportunity to participate in data collection and the scientific process. GLOBE provides grade level-appropriate, interdisciplinary activities and investigations about the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and soil/pedosphere, which have been developed by the scientific community and validated by teachers. GLOBE connects students, teachers, scientists and citizens from different parts of the world to conduct real, hands-on science about their local environment and put in a global perspective.

SMD Citizen Science program: Offers the public opportunities to participate in organized projects studying Earth science and other SMD science.

Learning Resources

NASA Museum Alliance Calendar: Find NASA Earth-Sun-Moon science events at museums around the country.

EO Kids: An online science publication from NASA’s Earth Observatory featuring news and hands-on experiments for kids ages 9-14.

NASA for Educators: An online resource for activities, videos, lesson plans, and materials that can be viewed by grade level or topic. Earth science resources can be found with a simple search.


Download the Earth Phases poster
Download the Earth Layers poster
Download the Earth Nine Phases poster



Earth Diagonal Phases


Earth Diagonal Phases


Earth Layers


Earth Layers


Earth Nine Phases


Earth Nine Phases
Keep Exploring

Discover More Topics From NASA