Earth TOP STORY

Patagonia's Ice Fields As Viewed From Orbit

© ESA/NASA

Patagonia Ice Fields

Tim Peake: We're getting some great views of Patagonia's ice fields just now Credits: ESA/NASA larger image


Full Story

Explaining Sea Ice Differences at Earth's Poles

© NASA

Southern Antarctic Circumpolar Current front

Why has the sea ice cover surrounding Antarctica been increasing slightly, in sharp contrast to the drastic loss of sea ice occurring in the Arctic Ocean? A new NASA-led study finds the geology of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean are responsible.

The Aswan High Dam As See from Space

The Aswan High Dam As See from Space

Aswan High Dam The Aswan High Dam on the river Nile, creating Lake Nasser. North is left in this picture. Credits: ESA/NASA
larger image


Earth from Space: Rub' al Khali Desert, Arabian Peninsula

Earth from Space: Rub' al Khali Desert, Arabian Peninsula Video in Story

Rolling sand dunes in the expansive Rub' al Khali desert on the southern Arabian Peninsula are pictured in this image from the Sentinel-2A satellite.


Canadian Fires Tracked by Satellites

Canadian Fires Tracked by Satellites

Wildfires have been raging in Canada's Alberta province for nearly three weeks, causing widespread destruction and forcing thousands of people from their homes. As the blaze grows and shifts, satellites are tracking its movement.


Super Pressure Balloon Begins Global Flight

Super Pressure Balloon Begins Global Flight

NASA successfully launched a super pressure balloon (SPB) from Wanaka Airport, New Zealand, at 11:35 a.m. Tuesday, May 17, 2016 (7:35 p.m. EDT Monday, May 16, 2016) on a potentially record-breaking, around-the-world test flight.


Mapping The Rate That New Orleans Is Sinking

Mapping The Rate That New Orleans Is Sinking

New Orleans and surrounding areas continue to sink at highly variable rates due to a combination of natural geologic and human-induced processes, finds a new NASA/university study using NASA airborne radar.


Earth from Space:  Living Planet Symposium 2016 Special

Earth from Space: Living Planet Symposium 2016 Special Video in Story

This past week the European Space Agency (ESA) hosted the 2016 Living Planet Symposium in the in Prague, Czech Republic. It follows previous successful symposia held in Edinburgh (2013), Bergen (2010), Montreux (2007) and Salzburg (2004).


NASA's IceBridge Flies Over the Front of a Greenland Glacier

NASA's IceBridge Flies Over the Front of a Greenland Glacier

Operation IceBridge, NASA's airborne survey of polar ice, has returned from the Umanaq B mission along Greenland's western coast.


Fires at Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada As Seen From Orbit

Fires at Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada As Seen From Orbit

Tim Peake: Thoughts are with all those affected by the fires - Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada Credits: ESA/NASA Larger image


Suomi NPP Monitors Alberta's Huge Wildfire

Suomi NPP Monitors Alberta's Huge Wildfire

The Fort McMurray wildfire in Alberta, Canada, continues to burn and the smoke and heat from the intense fires are detectable by satellite.


View of the North Pole On Wednesday Afternoon

View of the North Pole On Wednesday Afternoon

NASA Operation IceBridge captured this view from 500 meters about the North Pole Taken on May 4th.


Fires and Smoke in Nepal Seen From Orbit

Fires and Smoke in Nepal Seen From Orbit

In Nepal, the dry month of April always brings an increase in fire activity. However, the fires were particularly widespread in April 2016.


Earth from Space: Zachariae Isstrom Glacier, Greenland

Earth from Space: Zachariae Isstrom Glacier, Greenland Video in Story

This image taken over part of northeast Greenland's coast combines three images from Sentinel-1A's radar on 15 February, 10 March and 3 April 2016. The shades of grey on the left side of the image depict the static landmass, while the colours on the right show changes in sea-ice type and cover between the three radar scans.


Florida Keys As Seen From Orbit

Florida Keys As Seen From Orbit

Tim Peake: Makes me hungry for Key Lime Pie just looking at this #Florida Credits: ESA/NASA Larger image


Antarctic Meteorite As It Was Found

Antarctic Meteorite As It Was Found

A meteorite on the blue ice field in the Miller Range in Antarctica. Credit: NASA/Cindy Evans Larger image


Earth from Space: Naukluft Park, Namibia

Earth from Space: Naukluft Park, Namibia Video in Story

The Sentinel-2A satellite takes us over to central western Namibia, an area surrounding the Namib Naukluft Park, in this image taken on 28 January 2016.


First Image From Sentinel-1B: Svalbard

First Image From Sentinel-1B: Svalbard

Sentinel-1B's first data strip stretches 600 km from 80°N degrees through the Barents Sea.


Cumulonimbus Clouds Viewed From Orbit

Cumulonimbus Clouds Viewed From Orbit

Tim Peake: I'm guessing there was an impressive storm going on under that cumulonimbus cloud! Credits: ESA/NASA larger image



More top stories from May.