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Earth: February 2013



NASA's Van Allen Probes mission has discovered a previously unknown third radiation belt around Earth, revealing the existence of unexpected structures and processes within these hazardous regions of space.


A powerful winter storm left New Englanders digging out from heavy snow in early February 2013. According to unofficial totals released by the National Weather Service, snowfall totaled up to 33.5 inches (85 centimeters) in Connecticut, 31.0 inches (79 centimeters) in Massachusetts, and 30.4 inches (77 centimeters) in New Hampshire.


Korea's Kompsat-2 satellite captured this image of southern central Romania in January. The area pictured is part of a geographic transitional region between the Southern Carpathians to the north and the lowland plains to the south.


Earth from Space is presented by Kelsea Brennan-Wessels from the ESA Web-TV virtual studios. In this episode Kelsea discusses Central Panama and its 80 km-long ship canal.


NASA experts participated in a teleconference with the media today to discuss the meteor which crashed in Russia today.


Estimated to have been a 9 tonnes in size a meteorite streaked across the sky over the Ural mountains in Russia and exploded at 30 to 50 kilometres above ground. The supersonic reentry and debris injured an estimated 1100 people according to reports in Russia. Part of the meteor crashed into a frozen lake. An estimated 3000 buildings were damaged in the city of Chelyabinsk including the roof collapsing at a zinc factory.


This true-color satellite image was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Aqua satellite on February 03, 2013 as it passed over Queensland, Australia. Actively burning areas, detected by MODIS's thermal bands, are outlined in red.


Strong winds once again carried a huge veil of sand across West African, then hundreds of kilometers over the North Atlantic Ocean in late January, 2013. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA's Terra satellite captured this true-color image on January 31 as it passed over the region.


Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula was fully dressed in winter white on January 31, 2013 when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer aboard the Aqua satellite captured this spectacular true-color image of the frigid region.


A video of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission spacecraft separation as it prepares to go into orbit.


At 1:02 p.m. EST an Atlas V launched NASA's latest Landsat satellite, the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM). This was the first launch of Landsat satellite since 1999.


Followers of Twitter and other social media hear from engineers and scientists about the launch and mission of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission at Vandenberg AFB in California.


At a press briefing NASA and U.S. Geological Survey scientists discuss the data they'll look to get from the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM), the satellite due to launch from Vandenberg AFB in California on Monday, Feb. 11.


This Landsat image from shows Lake Powell, a reservoir on the Colorado River in the southwestern United States.


The small near-Earth asteroid 2012 DA14 will pass very close to Earth on Feb. 15, 2013. It will be so close that it will pass inside the ring of geosynchronous weather and communications satellites.


NASA's Tom Wagner hosts an informal discussion with ice scientists about the major changes seen in the Arctic during 2012 -- shrinking sea ice, melting of the Greenland ice sheet, and more.