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Earth from Space: The Bering Strait Video in Story

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Earth from Space: The Bering Strait.

The Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission takes us over the Bering Strait, which connects the Pacific and Arctic Oceans between Russia and the US state of Alaska.


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Earth from Space: Beijing, China Video in Story

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Earth from Space: Beijing, China

Today, 16 February, upwards of 20% of the world's population will be celebrating Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival.

NASA's Longest Running Survey of Ice Shattered Records in 2017

NASA's Longest Running Survey of Ice Shattered Records in 2017

Last year was a record-breaking one for Operation IceBridge, NASA's aerial survey of the state of polar ice.


New Study Finds Sea Level Rise Accelerating

New Study Finds Sea Level Rise Accelerating

The rate of global sea level rise has been accelerating in recent decades, rather than increasing steadily, according to a new study based on 25 years of NASA and European satellite data.


Twenty-five Years of Satellite Data Confirm Rising Sea Levels

Twenty-five Years of Satellite Data Confirm Rising Sea Levels

In a study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers found that since 1993, ocean waters have moved up the shore by almost 1 millimeter per decade.


Landsat 8 Marks Five Years in Orbit

Landsat 8 Marks Five Years in Orbit

In its five years in space, the Landsat 8 Earth-observing satellite has racked up some impressive statistics: 26,500 orbits around the planet, 1.1 million "scenes" captured, a motherlode of images that represents 16 percent of all the observations in the 45-year Landsat archive.


Earth from Space: Atlantic Ship Tracks

Earth from Space: Atlantic Ship Tracks Video in Story

The Copernicus Sentinel-3A satellite takes us over the Atlantic Ocean close to Spain and Portugal where the sky not only features clouds but also criss-cross tracks from maritime vessels.


Earth from Space: Tunis Wetlands, Tunisia

Earth from Space: Tunis Wetlands, Tunisia Video in Story

This Copernicus Sentinel-2 image features Tunisia's capital Tunis, in North Africa, and highlights some of the country's important wetlands.


Earth from Space: Yukon Delta, Alaska

Earth from Space: Yukon Delta, Alaska Video in Story

The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over part of the Yukon Delta in the US state of Alaska.


Dust on Snow Controls Springtime River Rise in West

Dust on Snow Controls Springtime River Rise in West

A new study has found that dust, not spring warmth, controls the pace of spring snowmelt that feeds the headwaters of the Colorado River.


Mystery Solved for Mega-Avalanches in Tibet

Mystery Solved for Mega-Avalanches in Tibet

An international scientific effort determined the cause of a highly unusual and deadly glacier avalanche in Tibet in 2016, a new Nature Geoscience paper says.


Earth from Space: Marajó, Brazil

Earth from Space: Marajó, Brazil Video in Story

The Copernicus Sentinel-2A satellite takes us over part of northern Brazil's Marajó island in Pará state.


Long-Term Warming Trend Continued in 2017

Long-Term Warming Trend Continued in 2017

Earth's global surface temperatures in 2017 ranked as the second warmest since 1880, according to an analysis by NASA.


Bacteria Thrive as Earth's Oceans Warm

Bacteria Thrive as Earth's Oceans Warm

Scientists have been working to identify the ways in which our warming seas are affecting other Earth systems, including life in the ocean.


Earth from Space: Sahara Snow

Earth from Space: Sahara Snow Video in Story

The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission has captured rare snowfall in northwest Algeria, on the edge of the Sahara desert.


Life-saving NASA Communications System Turns 20

Life-saving NASA Communications System Turns 20

NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellites (TDRS) don't just enable data from spacecraft to reach Earth - they provide internet and even telemedicine to researchers at the South Pole.


First Direct Proof of Ozone Hole Recovery

First Direct Proof of Ozone Hole Recovery

For the first time, scientists have shown through direct observations of the ozone hole by a satellite instrument, built by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, that levels of ozone-destroying chlorine are declining, resulting in less ozone depletion.


Mesovortex Over Lake Michigan Viewed From Space

Mesovortex Over Lake Michigan Viewed From Space

On December 31, 2017, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite captured this image of a strong band of lake-effect snow moving across Lake Michigan.


Earth Methane Puzzle Solved

Earth Methane Puzzle Solved

A new NASA-led study has solved a puzzle involving the recent rise in atmospheric methane, a potent greenhouse gas, with a new calculation of emissions from global fires.



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