Earth: December 2017

Kelp forests grow along coastlines worldwide, largely hidden from view. Like rainforests, they're among the planet's most important ecosystems: beautiful but fragile habitats for a wide array of plant and animal species.

The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over part of Lake Winnipeg in the Canadian province of Manitoba, with Reindeer Island visible in the lower-right part of the image.

The Sentinel-1 radar satellite mission takes us over Orange County and surrounding areas in the US state of California.

The southern California wildfires could be seen by the International Space Station crew.

Expedition 53 Commander Randy Bresnik aboard the International Space Station took this photo of the California wildfires in the Los Angeles area on Dec. 6, 2017.

The Copernicus Sentinel-2A satellite takes us over Toulouse in southern France and the surrounding agricultural landscape.

The Copernicus Sentinel-2A satellite takes us over northern Brazil on 22 August 2017, where the Amazon River meets the Atlantic Ocean.