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Sahara Desert in Algeria As Seen By Sentinel

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Sahara Desert in Algeria

The Sahara desert's sandy and rocky terrain in central Algeria, captured by the Sentinel-2A satellite in its first-ever scan of Earth on 27 June 2015.


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Earth From Space: Northwest Sardinia, Italy Video in Story

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Earth From Space: Northwest Sardinia, Italy.

This image over part of the Italian island of Sardinia comes from the very first acquisition by the Sentinel-2A satellite.

Eruption of Wolf Volcano, Galapagos Islands

Eruption of Wolf Volcano, Galapagos Islands

In late May 2015, the highest volcano in the Galapagos Islands erupted for the first time in 33 years. The explosive eruption at Wolf volcano on Isabela Island sent volcanic gases and ash roughly 15 kilometers (50,000 feet) into the sky, while lava flowed through a fissure, down eastern and southeastern slopes, and eventually reached the sea.


Earth From Space: Central California

Earth From Space: Central California Video in Story

This image captured by Sentinel-1A's radar on 1 April 2015 shows a central region of California in the US. The San Andreas Fault - the border between two tectonic plates - is visible as a somewhat straight line running from the upper-left corner of the image to the bottom centre.


Environmental Monitoring Satellite Sentinel 2A Is Safely In Orbit

Environmental Monitoring Satellite Sentinel 2A Is Safely In Orbit Video in Story

The ESA-developed Sentinel satellite Sentinel-2A was launched today, adding a high-resolution optical imaging capability to the European Union Copernicus environmental monitoring system.


Swarm: Magnetic Complexity Begins to Untangle

Swarm: Magnetic Complexity Begins to Untangle

After a year in orbit, the three Swarm satellites have provided a first glimpse inside Earth and started to shed new light on the dynamics of the upper atmosphere all the way from the ionosphere about 100 km above, through to the outer reaches of our protective magnetic shield.


Earth From Space: San Francisco Bay Area, USA

Earth From Space: San Francisco Bay Area, USA Video in Story

The Landsat-8 satellite captured this image of the San Francisco Bay Area in the US state of California on 5 March 2015.


Satellites Reveal Long Term Changes in Coral Reefs

Satellites Reveal Long Term Changes in Coral Reefs

With Earth-observing satellite data, scientists can now monitor the health of coral reefs, even in the most remote regions scattered around the globe where it is otherwise difficult to see changes.


Tropical Storm Bill Makes Landfall in Texas

Tropical Storm Bill Makes Landfall in Texas Video in Story

Tropical Storm Bill was making landfall at 11 a.m. CDT on Matagorda Island, Texas on June 16 as NASA and NOAA satellites gathered data on the storm.


Photo Competition Highlights Why Space Matters on Earth

Photo Competition Highlights Why Space Matters on Earth

NASA and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) have launched a global photography competition to highlight how the vantage point of space helps us better understand our home planet, improve lives, and safeguard our future by aiding sustainable development on Earth.


New Calculations to Improve Carbon Dioxide Monitoring From Space

New Calculations to Improve Carbon Dioxide Monitoring From Space

How light of different colours is absorbed by carbon dioxide (CO2) can now be accurately predicted using new calculations developed by a UCL-led team of scientists.


Earth From Space: Sampit, Borneo, Indonesia

Earth From Space: Sampit, Borneo, Indonesia Video in Story

This image from Sentinel-1A's radar brings us over Indonesia's Central Kalimantan province on the island of Borneo.


Tropical Storm Carlos Seen From Space

Tropical Storm Carlos Seen From Space

Tropical Storm Carlos (formerly tropical depression Three-e) off the Pacific coast of Mexico.


World Oceans Day As Celebrated in Earth Orbit

World Oceans Day As Celebrated in Earth Orbit

Samantha Cristoforetti: World Oceans Day Healthy oceans, healthy planet! Let's take good care of our spaceship Earth by decreasing plastic pollution. #WorldOceansDay www.worldoceansday.org


Start of Monsoon Season Seen From Space

Start of Monsoon Season Seen From Space Video in Story

Monsoon rainfall, although a little later than normal, started on June 5, 2015, in southern India.


NASA Releases Detailed Global Climate Change Projections

NASA Releases Detailed Global Climate Change Projections

NASA has released data showing how temperature and rainfall patterns worldwide may change through the year 2100 because of growing concentrations of greenhouse gases in Earth's atmosphere.


Earth Observation Satellite Sentinel-2A Ready to Launch

Earth Observation Satellite Sentinel-2A Ready to Launch Video in Story

Sentinel-2A will soon be launched from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana on top of a Vega launcher, making it the second satellite in orbit for Europe's Copernicus programme.


NASA Sees Tropical Cyclone 01A's Winds Intensify

NASA Sees Tropical Cyclone 01A's Winds Intensify

Tropical Cyclone 01A has been moving in a northerly direction through the Northern Indian Ocean, and is now curving to the west, moving into the Gulf of Oman.


Blooms in the Sea of Marmara

Blooms in the Sea of Marmara

Situated between the Black Sea and the Aegean Sea, the Sea of Marmara is full of a rich soup of nutrients and life and surrounded by a rich history of civilization.



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