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Earth From Space: The Aral Sea Video in Story

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Earth From Space: The Aral Sea.

This multitemporal Sentinel-1A radar image shows the Aral Sea, located on the border between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan in Central Asia.


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Earth from Space: Ulan Bator, Mongolia Video in Story

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Earth from Space: Ulan Bator, Mongolia

The Mongolian capital of Ulan Bator is captured in this image from the Landsat-8 satellite.

Ireland Seen From Orbit

Ireland Seen From Orbit

This image of Ireland was taken on 10 March 2015 by ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti


Iceland Seen From Orbit

Iceland Seen From Orbit

Iceland, dressed in winter white, peaked through a hole in a complex system of clouds in late February, 2015.


Operation IceBridge Debuts Its Seventh Arctic Campaign

Operation IceBridge Debuts Its Seventh Arctic Campaign

The mission of Operation IceBridge is to collect data on changing polar land and sea ice and maintain continuity of measurements between NASA's Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite (ICESat) missions.


Iron Rain Fell on Early Earth

Iron Rain Fell on Early Earth

Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories' Z machine have helped untangle a long-standing mystery of astrophysics: why iron is found spattered throughout Earth's mantle, the roughly 2,000-mile thick region between Earth's core and its crust.


New Threat to East Antarctic Ice

New Threat to East Antarctic Ice

Researchers have discovered two seafloor troughs that could allow warm ocean water to reach the base of Totten Glacier, East Antarctica's largest and most rapidly thinning glacier.


Earth From Space: São Miguel, Azores

Earth From Space: São Miguel, Azores Video in Story

This image from over the Azores island of São Miguel features a volcanic complex called the Sete Cidades Massif. The circular crater or caldera dominates the image and measures about 5 km across. The interior has lakes, volcanic cones, lava domes and maars - or shallow, flooded craters.


The Green Lungs of Our Planet are Changing

The Green Lungs of Our Planet are Changing

Are leaves and buds developing earlier in the spring? And do leaves stay on the trees longer in autumn? Do steppe ecosystems remaining green longer and are the savannas becoming drier and drier?


Earth From Space: Hungary

Earth From Space: Hungary Video in Story

This image of Hungary, with the political border in white, is a mosaic of 11 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.


Oman Seen From Orbit

Oman Seen From Orbit

Image of Oman taken by Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti in 17 February 2015. She asks "What do your eyes see?" Larger image


A Change in Thought on Earth's Core Formation

A Change in Thought on Earth's Core Formation

Violent collisions between the growing Earth and other objects in the solar system generated significant amounts of iron vapor, according to a new study by LLNL scientist Richard Kraus and colleagues.


Earth From Space: Brussels, Belgium

Earth From Space: Brussels, Belgium Video in Story

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).


NASA Releases First Global Rainfall and Snowfall Map From GPM

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

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.



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