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Grand Canyon Geology Lessons on View

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Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon in northern Arizona is a favorite for astronauts shooting photos from the International Space Station, as well as one of the best-known tourist attractions in the world.


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First Radar Vision for Copernicus

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Northern part of the Antarctica Peninsula

Launched on 3 April, ESA's Sentinel-1A satellite has already delivered its first radar images of Earth. They offer a tantalising glimpse of the kind of operational imagery that this new mission will provide for Europe's ambitious Copernicus environmental monitoring programme.

Concordia Calling

Concordia Calling

Are you a team player who is unafraid of long isolation? Do you have a medical degree and a healthy love of extremes? ESA is offering the chance of a lifetime to run space experiments in one of the world's most isolated places: Concordia research station in Antarctica.


NASA ScienceCasts: Unexpected Teleconnections in Noctilucent Clouds

NASA ScienceCasts: Unexpected Teleconnections in Noctilucent Clouds Video in Story

NASA's Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) spacecraft is discovering unexpected "teleconnections" in Earth's atmosphere that link weather and climate across vast distances.


Salt Marsh in Kazakhstan As Seen From Orbit

Salt Marsh in Kazakhstan As Seen From Orbit Video in Story

This satellite image was acquired over the edge of a salt marsh near the northeast Caspian Sea in southwestern Kazakhstan.


An Ancient Impact That Dwarfs The Dinosaur-Killing Blast

An Ancient Impact That Dwarfs The Dinosaur-Killing Blast

Picture this: A massive asteroid almost as wide as Rhode Island and about three to five times larger than the rock thought to have wiped out the dinosaurs slams into Earth.


Deserts of Central Iran As Seen From Orbit

Deserts of Central Iran As Seen From Orbit

As the International Space Station passed over the deserts of central Iran, including Kavir, one of the Expedition 38 crew members used a digital camera equipped with a 200mm lens to record this image featuring an unusual pattern of numerous parallel lines and sweeping curves.


Earth from Space: Cento, Italy

Earth from Space: Cento, Italy Video in Story

Hundreds of fields speckle the northern Italian landscape south of the Po River in this satellite image.


Earth from Space Special: Sentinel-1 Set for Launch

Earth from Space Special: Sentinel-1 Set for Launch Video in Story

On April 3rd, Sentinel-1 will be launched from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana on a Soyuz launcher. The radar mission is the first of the Copernicus programme, providing an all-weather, day-and-night supply of imagery for Copernicus user services.


Arctic Melt Season Is Lengthening, Ocean Rapidly Warming

Arctic Melt Season Is Lengthening, Ocean Rapidly Warming Video in Story

The length of the melt season for Arctic sea ice is growing by several days each decade, and an earlier start to the melt season is allowing the Arctic Ocean to absorb enough additional solar radiation in some places to melt as much as four feet of the Arctic ice cap's thickness, according to a new study by National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) and NASA researchers.


Earth From Space: Southwest Iran

Earth From Space: Southwest Iran Video in Story

This colourful radar composite image shows changes in large-scale agricultural plots in southwest Iran.


Smoke and Fires From Sumatra As Seen From Space

Smoke and Fires From Sumatra As Seen From Space

Fires burning in Sumatra continued to pour smoke over the region in mid-March, 2014, bringing air quality to dangerous levels.


Pine Island Glacier In Motion

Pine Island Glacier In Motion Video in Story

Pine Island is the largest glacier in the West Antarctic Ice Sheet and one of the fastest ice streams on the continent, flowing into Pine Island Bay in the Amundsen Sea.


Satellite Time-Lapse Movie Shows U.S. East Coast Snowy Winter

Satellite Time-Lapse Movie Shows U.S. East Coast Snowy Winter Video in Story

NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. The time-lapse videos run at different speeds: 0:41 seconds, 1:22 minutes and 2:44 minutes.


Low Clouds Over the English Channel

Low Clouds Over the English Channel

A thick blanket of low clouds covered the English Channel, Celtic Sea and Irish Sea on March 13, 2014.


Landslide and Barrier Lake Near Oso, Washington

Landslide and Barrier Lake Near Oso, Washington

On March 22, 2014, a rainfall-triggered landslide near Oso, Washington sent muddy debris spilling across the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River.


Washington Island, Lake Michigan, As Seen From Space

Washington Island, Lake Michigan, As Seen From Space

Snow-covered fields appear as geometric patterns on Washington Island, on Lake Michigan, in this photograph taken by the Expedition 38 crew of the International Space Station.


First Images From Global Rain and Snowfall Satellite

First Images From Global Rain and Snowfall Satellite Video in Story

NASA and JAXA have released the first images captured by their newest Earth-observing satellite, the Global Precipitation Measurement Core Observatory, which launched Feb. 27.


Landsat Tracks Urban Change and Flood Risk

Landsat Tracks Urban Change and Flood Risk Video in Story

Landsat data, which can identify areas of urbanization, are used by the Federal Emergency Management Agency as a key indicator of sites where the agency should further investigate the potential for flooding.



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