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Salar of Atacama As Seen From Orbit

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Salar of Atacama

@AstroSamantha: Hallo #Chile! Look at those snow-capped volcano tops "casually dropped" to contour the Salar of Atacama


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CryoSat Detects Sudden Ice Loss in Southern Antarctic Peninsula

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Ice Loss

A recent acceleration in ice loss in a previously stable region of Antarctica has been detected by ESA's ice mission.

Earth from Space: Cambodian Rivers

Earth from Space: Cambodian Rivers Video in Story

A flooded landscape in Cambodia between the Mekong River (right) and Tonl Sap river (left) is pictured by Japan's ALOS satellite. The centre of this image is about 30 km north of the centre of the country's capital, Phnom Penh.


NASA Soil Moisture Mission Begins Science Operations

NASA Soil Moisture Mission Begins Science Operations

NASA's new Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission to map global soil moisture and detect whether soils are frozen or thawed has begun science operations.


Mt. St. Helens 35 Years Post-Eruption As Seen From Space

Mt. St. Helens 35 Years Post-Eruption As Seen From Space

On May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helens gave way to a cataclysmic flank collapse, avalanche, and explosion that killed 57 people and displaced many others. The event dramatically reshaped the volcano and surrounding land in southwest Washington.


Modeling Antarctic Ocean Currents

Modeling Antarctic Ocean Currents

The oceans play an important role in the earth's climate; they transport heat from equator to pole, provide moisture for rain, and absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.


Earth from Space: Catalan Coast, Spain

Earth from Space: Catalan Coast, Spain Video in Story

This radar image captures part of Catalonia in northeastern Spain including the city of Barcelona (right), the site of one of Europe's principal seaports.


Antarctica's Larsen B Ice Shelf Nearing Its Final Act

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A new NASA study finds the last remaining section of Antarctica's Larsen B Ice Shelf, which partially collapsed in 2002, is quickly weakening and likely to disintegrate completely before the end of the decade.


No Major U.S. Hurricane Landfalls in Nine Years: Luck?

No Major U.S. Hurricane Landfalls in Nine Years: Luck? Video in Story

The United States hasn't experienced the landfall of a Category 3 or larger hurricane in nine years a string of years that's likely to come along only once every 177 years, according to a new NASA study.


Using Satellites To Sense How Much the Earth Moved in Nepal

Using Satellites To Sense How Much the Earth Moved in Nepal

On April 25, 2015, the Earth moved violently in Nepal. A magnitude 7.8 earthquake killed more than 8,000 people, injured at least 19,000, and displaced hundreds of thousands in cities and villages near the Himalayas.


Ensuring the Continuity of Ocean Topography Data

Ensuring the Continuity of Ocean Topography Data

ESA and Airbus Defence and Space today signed a €177 million contract to develop the Jason-CS / Sentinel-6A satellite mission for Europe's Copernicus programme.


Scientists Show Breaking Waves Perturb Earth's Magnetic Field

Scientists Show Breaking Waves Perturb Earth's Magnetic Field

The underlying physical process that creates striking "breaking wave" cloud patterns in our atmosphere also frequently opens the gates to high-energy solar wind plasma that perturbs Earth's magnetic field, or magnetosphere, which protects us from cosmic radiation.


Orbital View: Intense Weather Weekend for the United States

Orbital View: Intense Weather Weekend for the United States

The United States has endured 8 straight days through May 10 with tornado reports from Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma and Colorado, including 52 reports on May 6, 53 reports on May 9 and 26 reports on May 10.


View From Space: Ana Makes Landfall in South Carolina

View From Space: Ana Makes Landfall in South Carolina

This was no Mother's Day gift to South Carolina as Ana made landfall on Sunday. Just before 6 am, Ana made landfall north of Myrtle Beach, SC with sustained winds of 45 mph, lower than the 50 mph winds it was packing as a tropical storm over the Atlantic.


Earth From Space: South Georgia Island

Earth From Space: South Georgia Island

The northeast coast of South Georgia Island in the southern Atlantic Ocean is pictured in this satellite image. Clouds, however, block our view of its southwestern coast.


Evidence Found in Asteroid Debris For How Water Reached Earth

Evidence Found in Asteroid Debris For How Water Reached Earth

Water delivery via asteroids or comets is likely taking place in many other planetary systems, just as it happened on Earth, new research strongly suggests.


NASA Aids Response to Nepal Quake

NASA Aids Response to Nepal Quake

NASA and its partners are gathering the best available science and information on the April 25, 2015, magnitude 7.8 earthquake in Nepal, referred to as the Gorkha earthquake, to assist in relief and humanitarian operations.


Disaster Relief: DLR Provides Aerial Images of Kathmandu

Disaster Relief: DLR Provides Aerial Images of Kathmandu

The German Aerospace Center (DLR) Earth Observation Center (EOC) has used data acquired by the ESA radar satellite Sentinel-1 over the earthquake region in Nepal to create a new regional aid map and calculate the ground displacements caused by the earthquake.


Measuring The Nepal Earthquake From Space

Measuring The Nepal Earthquake From Space

On 25 April, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, claiming over 5000 lives and affecting millions of people. Satellite images are being used to support emergency aid organisations, while geo-scientists are using satellite measurements to analyse the effects of the earthquake on the land.



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