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Americas, as captured by NASA’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) on the NASA/NOAA Deep Space Climate Observatory
Dec 6, 2017
In this episode Tom Wagner of NASA’s Earth Science Division discusses sea ice, volcanoes, what it’s like to live and work in Antarctica, and how studying planets like Venus and Mars helps provide clues about the future of our home planet.
May 25, 2017
From penguins to plant stress, the 2016 Annual Report highlights the many innovative ways our partners use Earth observations to support their projects and activities.
Report and title cover for the NASA Earth Science's Applied Sciences Program 2016 report
Earth, Climate Change
May 12, 2017
Water is a critical resource in the western U.S. NASA’s Airborne Snow Observatory is giving California water agencies the first complete measurements of the water available in the Sierra snowpack along with data on when the snow will melt.
Image of airplane scanning snow fall in landscape
May 8, 2017
Satellite image of a flood
Universe, Earth, Sun, Solar System
Apr 13, 2017
Earth. A world dominated by water. Trillions of gallons flow freely across the surface of our blue-green planet. While we once thought oceans made our planet unique, we’re now coming to realize that ‘ocean worlds’ are all around us.  
Ocean Worlds Poster
Apr 10, 2017
NASA invites people around the world to help us celebrate Earth Day 2017 by "adopting" one of 64,000 individual pieces of Earth as seen from space.  
Title image with map in background
Mar 27, 2017
NASA will celebrate Earth Day on April 22 to engage the public in the Agency’s mission to better understand and protect our home planet. Download a high resolution of our Earth Day poster.
Earth, Sun
Mar 20, 2017
The earliest satellites of the Space Age were small. Sputnik, for instance, weighed just 184.3 lbs. America’s first satellite, Explorer 1, was even smaller at only about 30 lbs. Over time, satellites grew to accommodate more sensors with greater capabilities, but thanks to miniaturization and new... Read More
NASA Embraces Small Satellites Poster
Earth, ISS
Mar 7, 2017
About 30 years ago, researchers announced that ozone concentrations high in the atmosphere over the South Pole had hit an all-time low. This critical layer of the atmosphere that shields us from the Sun’s harmful UV rays had a ‘hole’ in it. And that hole was rapidly expanding. This discovery led to... Read More
Earth Observation from the Station Poster
Dec 19, 2016
Earth’s coral reefs teem with diverse forms of life, from microscopic phytoplankton to whale sharks. As much as one quarter of all ocean species depend on reefs for food or shelter—a remarkable statistic considering that reefs cover less than two percent of the ocean bottom.    
A New View of Coral Reefs Poster 2
Dec 9, 2016
NASA researchers will present new findings on a wide range of Earth and space science topics at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union.
Photo of crowd watching video presentation on large Hyperwall screen
Oct 20, 2016
Prior to the 1960’s, the biggest storms on Earth could take people by surprise. Someone standing on a beach in Florida might not know if a distant bank of clouds was a routine squall or … the harbinger of a powerful hurricane.
Taking the Surprise out of Hurricane Season Poster 2
Earth, ISS
Jul 28, 2016
Summer can bring with it a whirlwind of activity. Hurricane season causes potential havoc on land with threats of forceful winds and torrential rainfall. A helpful set of eyes mounted on the International Space Station (ISS) allows scientists to observe these massive storms from a special angle --... Read More
Global Wind Measurements Poster 2
Earth, Climate Change
Jul 26, 2016
The ocean covers more than 70% of Earth’s surface. Reaching as far down as 36,000 feet in some places, the waters of our planet occupy a staggering volume. …enough, it seems, to hide a big mystery.  
Reshuffling Heat Poster 2