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Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 Maps New Details

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OCO-2 Carbon Map

The first global maps of atmospheric carbon dioxide from NASA's new Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 mission demonstrate its performance and promise, showing elevated carbon dioxide concentrations across the Southern Hemisphere from springtime biomass burning.


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Massive California Storm As Seen From Space Video in Story

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GOES West 3 UTC reprojected picture

The ''Pineapple Express'' happens when warm air and lots of moisture are transported from the Central Pacific, near Hawaii, to the Eastern Pacific Ocean.

Tropical Cyclone Bakung Tracked From Space

Tropical Cyclone Bakung Tracked From Space

Tropical Cyclone Bakung is moving in a westerly direction over the open waters of the Southern Indian Ocean and NASA's Aqua satellite captured an image of the sea storm.


Earth From Space: South Kalimantan, Borneo

Earth From Space: South Kalimantan, Borneo Video in Story

This image from Japan's ALOS satellite was captured over part of southern Borneo, an island in Southeast Asia.


Mexico City Subsidence Seen From Orbit By Sentinel-1A

Mexico City Subsidence Seen From Orbit By Sentinel-1A

Five Sentinel-1A radar scans acquired between 3 October and 2 December 2014 were combined to create this image of ground deformation in Mexico City.


13-year Record of Drying Amazon Caused Vegetation Declines

13-year Record of Drying Amazon Caused Vegetation Declines

A 13-year decline in vegetation in the eastern and southeastern Amazon has been linked to a decade-long rainfall decline in the region, a new NASA-funded study finds.


Measuring Typhoon Hagupit's Philippine Rainfall from Space

Measuring Typhoon Hagupit's Philippine Rainfall from Space

As of Dec. 8, Super Typhoon Hagupit has caused up to 27 deaths. Early reports indicate the Philippines has been spared the widespread destruction caused by Super Typhoon Haiyan in 2013.


Typhoon Hagupit Reaches The Philippines As Seen From Orbit

Typhoon Hagupit Reaches The Philippines As Seen From Orbit

Typhoon Hagupit came ashore in the Bicol and eastern Visayas region of the Philippines early on Dec. 7 and slowly tracked to the west, bringing typhoon-force winds, heavy rainfall, and dangerous storm surge.


Earth From Space: Romania

Earth From Space: Romania Video in Story

This image of Romania - with the political borders in red - is a mosaic of 15 scans by Sentinel-1A's radar in October and November. The scans were acquired in 'dual polarisation' horizontal and vertical radar pulses, from which the artificial colour composite was generated.


Super Typhoon Hagupit Tracked From Space

Super Typhoon Hagupit Tracked From Space

Forecasters at the Joint Typhoon Warning Center expect Super Typhoon Hagupit to reach peak intensity today, Dec. 4, and although expected to weaken, will remain a Category 4 typhoon when it approaches the east central Philippines.


Typhoon Hagupit As Seen From Orbit

Typhoon Hagupit As Seen From Orbit

Typhoon Hagupit continues to intensify as it continued moving through Micronesia on Dec. 3 triggering warnings.


West Antarctic Melt Rate Has Tripled

West Antarctic Melt Rate Has Tripled

A comprehensive, 21-year analysis of the fastest-melting region of Antarctica has found that the melt rate of glaciers there has tripled during the last decade.


Megadunes and Desert Lakes in China

Megadunes and Desert Lakes in China

In China's Badain Jaran Desert, dozens of lakes mingle with the tallest sand dunes in the world.


Fogo Volcano As Seen By Sentinel's radar

Fogo Volcano As Seen By Sentinel's radar

Radar images from the Sentinel-1A satellite are helping to monitor ground movements of the recently erupted Fogo volcano.


Earth From Space: Quelccaya Ice Cap, Peru

Earth From Space: Quelccaya Ice Cap, Peru Video in Story

This image features Peru's Quelccaya ice cap, the largest in the Tropics. Resting high up in the Cordillera Oriental of the Peruvian Andes, the ice cap has been shrinking due to rising temperatures in the region, losing over 20% of its area since the 1970s.


Van Allen Probes Spot an Impenetrable Barrier in Space

Van Allen Probes Spot an Impenetrable Barrier in Space

Two donuts of seething radiation that surround Earth, called the Van Allen radiation belts, have been found to contain a nearly impenetrable barrier that prevents the fastest, most energetic electrons from reaching Earth.


Satellite Views Early Thanksgiving Travel Trouble Areas in U.S.

Satellite Views Early Thanksgiving Travel Trouble Areas in U.S.

This NOAA's GOES satellite infrared image taken on Nov. 25 at 11:45 UTC (6:45 a.m. EST) shows two main weather systems over the U.S.


Earth From Space: Tokyo Bay, Japan

Earth From Space: Tokyo Bay, Japan Video in Story

This image from Sentinel-1A's radar on 11 July shows Tokyo Bay in Japan. Tokyo's centre lies mainly south of the Arakawa River. Other visible rivers on this image are the Edo River to its north and the Tama River just to its south, with all three streaming into Tokyo Bay. At the mouth of the Tama River we can see the runways of Haneda Airport.


Computer Model Provides a New Portrait of Carbon Dioxide

Computer Model Provides a New Portrait of Carbon Dioxide Video in Story

An ultra-high-resolution NASA computer model has given scientists a stunning new look at how carbon dioxide in the atmosphere travels around the globe.



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