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Earth From Space: Brussels, Belgium Video in Story

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Earth From Space: Brussels, Belgium

This false-colour image from the Spot-5 satellite was acquired on 28 September 2011 over central Belgium, capturing the capital city of Brussels (left).


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NASA Releases First Global Rainfall and Snowfall Map From GPM Video in Story

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Global Precipitation Measurement mission has produced its first global map of rainfall and snowfall.

SMAP Deploys Antenna

SMAP Deploys Antenna Video in Story

NASA's newest Earth-observing satellite SMAP, has triumphantly raised its "arm" and unfurled a huge golden antenna that it will soon spin up to rope the best soil moisture maps ever obtained from space.


Snowy Chicago As Seen From Space

Snowy Chicago As Seen From Space

From the International Space Station, European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti took this photograph of Chicago and posted it to social media on Feb. 19, 2015.


Saharan Dust Fertilizes the Amazon Rainforest

Saharan Dust Fertilizes the Amazon Rainforest Video in Story

The Sahara Desert and the Amazon rainforest seem to inhabit separate worlds.


Scientific Spring in Isolated Antarctica

Scientific Spring in Isolated Antarctica

In Antarctica, the crew of the FrenchItalian Concordia research station are preparing for the winter. They have to survive six months of complete isolation four in darkness because the Sun never rises above the horizon while they perform science in one of the most barren places on Earth.


Earth From Space: Estonia

Earth From Space: Estonia Video in Story

The Baltic country of Estonia - with the political borders in white - is pictured in this mosaic of eight scans by Sentinel-1A's radar from October to December 2014. The scans were recorded in 'dual polarisation' horizontal and vertical radar pulses, from which the artificial colour composite was generated.


Magnetospheric Multiscale Observatories Processed for Launch

Magnetospheric Multiscale Observatories Processed for Launch

NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) observatories are processed for launch in a clean room at the Astrotech Space Operations facility in Titusville, Florida.


ESA's Biomass Satellite Goes Ahead

ESA's Biomass Satellite Goes Ahead

Following the initial selection in 2013 for Biomass to become ESA's seventh Earth Explorer mission and the completion of preparatory activities, ESA Member States yesterday gave the green light for its full implementation for launch in 2020.


Satellite View of Expanding US Snowcover

Satellite View of Expanding US Snowcover

A winter storm that moved through the Mid-Atlantic on Feb. 16 and 17, 2015 extended the northeastern U.S. snowcover farther south.


Satellite Images Reveal Ocean Acidification From Space

Satellite Images Reveal Ocean Acidification From Space

Pioneering techniques that use satellites to monitor ocean acidification are set to revolutionise the way that marine biologists and climate scientists study the ocean.


Earth: A Long Distance Selfie - Reflections on the Pale Blue Dot

Earth: A Long Distance Selfie - Reflections on the Pale Blue Dot Video in Story

Ann Druyan, Carl Sagan's co-author and widow, reflects on the meaning of Voyager's "pale blue dot" image of Earth.


Landsat View of Plumes From Two African Volcanoes

Landsat View of Plumes From Two African Volcanoes

Located near the equator in central Africa, the Nyamuragira and Nyiragongo volcanoes are often obscured from satellite view by clouds.


Growing Deltas in Atchafalaya Bay

Growing Deltas in Atchafalaya Bay

The delta plain of the Mississippi River is disappearing. The lobe-shaped arc of coastal land from the Chandeleur Islands in eastern Louisiana to the Sabine River loses a football field's worth of land every hour.


Earth From Space: Desert Reservoir, Lake Mead and Las Vegas

Earth From Space: Desert Reservoir, Lake Mead and Las Vegas Video in Story

This image from the Landsat-8 satellite acquired on 23 September 2014 brings us over the southwest United States: Nevada and Arizona. Las Vegas with its grid-like urban plan is visible near the centre. Sitting in a basin of the Mojave Desert, the city is surrounded by a number of mountain ranges.


NASA Study Finds Carbon Emissions Could Dramatically Increase Risk of U.S. Megadroughts

NASA Study Finds Carbon Emissions Could Dramatically Increase Risk of U.S. Megadroughts Video in Story

Droughts in the U.S. Southwest and Central Plains during the last half of this century could be drier and longer than drought conditions seen in those regions in the last 1,000 years, according to a new NASA study.


Washington and Baltimore at Night From Space

Washington and Baltimore at Night From Space

NASA Astronauts @NASA_Astronauts "#Baltimore reaching toward #WashingtonDC. They look like #yellow #spiderwebs with #blue water droplets" #AstroButch


Record Breaking New England Winter Storm Observed From Space

Record Breaking New England Winter Storm Observed From Space

Another large snowstorm affecting New England was dropping more snow on the region and breaking records on February 9, as NOAA's GOES-East satellite captured an image of the clouds associated with the storm system.


Earth From Space: Lisbon, Portugal

Earth From Space: Lisbon, Portugal Video in Story

This image from Sentinel-1A's radar shows the metropolitan area of Portugal's capital, Lisbon. Flowing in from the upper-right corner is the Tagus River. Originating in central Spain, the Tagus is the longest river on the Iberian Peninsula, stretching over 1000 km. The river flows west through Portugal, emptying into the Atlantic Ocean at Lisbon.



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