Satellite View of the Americas on Earth Day

Satellite View of the Americas on Earth Day

Today, April 22, 2014 is Earth Day, and what better way to celebrate than taking a look at our home planet from space.

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SpaceX Dragon CRS-3 Grappled to Canadarm2

SpaceX Dragon CRS-3 Grappled to Canadarm2

On Sunday, April 20, 2014, the Expedition 39 crew aboard the International Space Station welcomed nearly two-and-a-half tons of supplies and scientific payloads to the station with the arrival of the third SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo spacecraft.

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Hubble Provides A Cross-section of the Universe

Hubble Provides A Cross-section of the Universe

An image of a galaxy cluster taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope gives a remarkable cross-section of the Universe, showing objects at different distances and stages in cosmic history.

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NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) Project

NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) Project

On April 9 reporters got a chance to don "bunny suits" (protective apparel that sometimes makes people look like large rabbits) and enter a NASA clean room at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

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NGC 1316: Galactic Serial Killer

NGC 1316: Galactic Serial Killer

Several clues in the structure of NGC 1316 reveal that its past was turbulent.

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Three Atmospheric 'Dragons': Low Pressure Areas Around the U.S.

Three Atmospheric 'Dragons': Low Pressure Areas Around the U.S.

There are three low pressure systems around the U.S. and they resemble dragons on satellite imagery. NOAA's GOES-13 and GOES-15 satellite image from March 31, 2014 shows the low pressure systems in the eastern Pacific Ocean, over the nation's Heartland, and in the eastern Atlantic Ocean.

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Satellite Shows High Productivity from U.S. Corn Belt

Satellite Shows High Productivity from U.S. Corn Belt

Five new NASA Earth science missions are launching in 2014 to expand our understanding of Earth's changing climate and environment.

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NASA SDO - Graceful Turbulence

NASA SDO - Graceful Turbulence

Powerful magnetic forces above an active region spun and pulled at a blob of plasma until it lost its connections and blew out into space on March 26, 2014.

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First Day of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere

First Day of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere

This full-disk image from NOAA's GOES-13 satellite was captured at 11:45 UTC (7:45 a.m. EDT) and shows the Americas on March 20, 2014. This date marks the start of astronomical spring in the northern hemisphere.

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HTV-4 Cargo Droid Lights Up The Night Sky as It Re-enters

HTV-4 Cargo Droid Lights Up The Night Sky as It Re-enters

A stationary camera onboard the International Space Station took this picture of the Japanese HTV-4 cargo spacecraft as it entered Earth's atmosphere on Sept. 7, 2013 subsequently burning up.

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