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Orbital View Of Lakes In Uganda

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Orbital View Of Lakes In Uganda

Several bodies of water are pictured including Lake Albert (at lower left); and Lakes Kwania, Kyoga, and Kojweri (at center); and Lake Victoria (at bottom right); as the International Space Station orbited 261 miles above Uganda.


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Surface Water And Ocean Topography (SWOT) Mission Will Track Impacts of Small Ocean Currents

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Mars Imaged by Hubble

The Surface Water and Ocean Topography mission will explore how the ocean absorbs atmospheric heat and carbon, moderating global temperatures and climate change.

The Namib Desert in Southern Namibia

The Namib Desert in Southern Namibia

This portion of the Namib Desert in southern Namibia boasts some of the tallest dunes in the world attracting the attention of geologists for further study.


Earth from Space - Arc de Triomphe, Paris

Earth from Space - Arc de Triomphe, Paris Video in Story

This striking, high-resolution image of the Arc de Triomphe, in Paris, was captured by Planet SkySat - a fleet of satellites that have just joined ESA's Third Party Mission Programme in April 2022.


Twin Cyclones in the Indian Ocean

Twin Cyclones in the Indian Ocean

On May 8, 2022, the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on NOAA-20 captured this natural-color image of the storms at 12:55 p.m. local time (07:55 Universal Time).


NOAA Debuts The First Imagery From GOES-18

NOAA Debuts The First Imagery From GOES-18

On May 11, 2022, NOAA shared the first images of the Western Hemisphere from its GOES-18 satellite. The satellite's Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) instrument recently captured stunning views of Earth.


Tonga Volcanic Eruption Effects Reached Space

Tonga Volcanic Eruption Effects Reached Space

When the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano erupted on Jan. 15, 2022, it sent atmospheric shock waves, sonic booms, and tsunami waves around the world. Now, scientists are finding the volcano's effects also reached space.


World's Ocean Is Losing Its Memory Under Global Warming

World's Ocean Is Losing Its Memory Under Global Warming

Using future projections from the latest generation of Earth System Models, a recent study published in Science Advances found that most of the world's ocean is steadily losing its year-to-year memory under global warming.


Earth from Space - Rhine River, Germany

Earth from Space - Rhine River, Germany Video in Story

The Rhine River, the longest river in Germany, is featured in this colourful image captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission.


Losing A Long-Watched Glacier

Losing A Long-Watched Glacier

Peyto Glacier in Banff National Park is among the most closely monitored glaciers in the world.


Cow Burps Seen From Space

Cow Burps Seen From Space

On 2nd March 2022, high-resolution satellites owned and operated by GHGSat, the environmental data company, detected methane (CH4) emissions coming from an agricultural area in California's Joaquin Valley.


Western Algeria As Seen From Orbit

Western Algeria As Seen From Orbit

The western portion of Algeria, near the border with Morocco, is pictured from the International Space Station as it orbited 258 miles above the African nation.


Model Pinpoints Glaciers At Risk Of Collapse Due To Climate Change

Model Pinpoints Glaciers At Risk Of Collapse Due To Climate Change

As climate change warms the planet, glaciers are melting faster, and scientists fear that many will collapse by the end of the century, drastically raising sea level and inundating coastal cities and island nations.


The Origin Of Earth's Mantle Nitrogen: Primordial Or Early Biogeochemical Cycling?

The Origin Of Earth's Mantle Nitrogen: Primordial Or Early Biogeochemical Cycling?

Earth's Mantle Nitrogen Content Is Comparable To That Found In Its Nitrogen-Rich Atmosphere.


Earth from Space - Mount Aso, Japan

Earth from Space - Mount Aso, Japan Video in Story

Mount Aso, the largest active volcano in Japan, is featured in this image captured on 1 January 2022 by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission.


Using Satellite Data To Improve A Model's Interpretation Of Albedo Improves Snowfall Simulations On The Tibetan Plateau

Using Satellite Data To Improve A Model's Interpretation Of Albedo Improves Snowfall Simulations On The Tibetan Plateau

Albedo is a term that represents the ability of Earth's surface to reflect solar radiation. This is the primary factor of the energy balance between the surface and the atmosphere.


Orbital View Of Pingualuit Crater, Quebec, Canada

Orbital View Of Pingualuit Crater, Quebec, Canada

In the province of Quebec, northern Canada, the Pingualuit Crater is known as the "Crystal Eye" to the Inuit.


Zircons (And The Secrets They Hold) Are Forever

Zircons (And The Secrets They Hold) Are Forever

Scientists have long understood that plate tectonics, the drift of separate, rigid plates that make up the Earth's crust, formed continents and mountains and was crucial to the evolution of the planet's surface from one of molten lava and rock to an environment hospitable to life.


Orbital View Of Lake Erepecu And Rio Trombetas In Brazil

Orbital View Of Lake Erepecu And Rio Trombetas In Brazil

Lake Erepecu and Rio Trombetas in Brazil are featured in this sun glint image photographed by an Expedition 20 crew member on the International Space Station.



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