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by NASA -- Astronaut photograph eol.jsc.nasa.gov/scripts/sseop/photo.pl?mission=ISS013&roll=E&frame=67242 ISS013-E-67242 was acquired August 15, 2006, with a Kodak 760C digital camera using a 180 mm lens, and is provided by the ISS Crew Earth Observations experiment and the Image Science & Analysis Group, Johnson Space Center. The image in this article has been cropped and enhanced to improve contrast. Lens artifacts have also been removed. The spaceflight.nasa.gov/home/index.html International Space Station Program supports the laboratory to help astronauts take pictures of Earth that will be of the greatest value to scientists and the public, and to make those images freely available on the Internet. Additional images taken by astronauts and cosmonauts can be viewed at the NASA/JSC eol.jsc.nasa.gov/ Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth.
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The crew of Expedition 13 recently passed a major milestone: as of late August 2006, more than one quarter of a million images of Earth had been taken from the International Space Station. The rate at which Expedition 13 has been photographing the Earth has been record-setting, as they passed the www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/science/240000_pix.html 200,000 th image mark less than two months before. The 250,000 th image is an oblique view (the photograph was taken from a side angle) of the...
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- International Space Station (ISS), What -- Landsat 7, Where -- Christchurch,...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=6875
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This image, taken on March 4, 1969, shows the stacking of the S-II stage for the Saturn 506 in the Kennedy Space Center's Vehicle Assembly Building in preparation for the Apollo 11 launch. On July 16, 1969, the Apollo 11 mission lifted off for humanity's first visit to another celestial body. Image Credit: NASA
Topics: What -- Saturn, What -- Apollo 11, Where -- Kennedy Space Center (KSC)
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/image_feature_1414.html
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by NASA -- NASA Image Of The Day
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At 10:48 p.m. local time on January 31, 1958, the Explorer 1 satellite launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, after launches scheduled the previous two days had been scrubbed due to high-altitude winds. A joint project between the U.S. Army and the California Institute of Technology/Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA was not yet established), the launch was a significant achievement for the United States. The previous fall, the Soviet Union had launched two Sputnik satellites, the second one...
Topics: What -- Explorer 1, What -- FAST, What -- Earth, Where -- Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Where --...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=8446
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by NASA -- Image courtesy ciclops.org/index.php CICLOPS team. Image description from ciclops.org/view.php?id=2230 ''In Saturn's Shadow,'' on the CICLOPS Website.
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Although the Earth Observatory typically reserves ''Image of the Day'' space for publishing data and images acquired by Earth-observing satellites, we are sometimes so enthralled by the spectacular images acquired by spacecraft observing other parts of the solar system that we want to share these 'otherworldy' views with our visitors. And if you are looking for remotely sensed images of the Earth, this view is the most remotely sensed image we have ever published! This beautiful image of Saturn...
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- Saturn, What -- Cassini, What -- Sun, What -- Huygens Probe
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=7314
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The thin line of Earth's atmosphere and the setting sun are featured in this image photographed by the crew of the International Space Station while space shuttle Atlantis on the STS-129 mission was docked with the station. Image Credit: NASA
Topics: What -- Sun, What -- International Space Station (ISS), What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What --...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/image_feature_1529.html
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Solar panels on the Hubble Space Telescope make for unique window shades in this scene photographed from the flight deck of the Earth-orbiting space shuttle...
Topics: NASA Image of the Day (Large), What -- Hubble Space Telescope (HST), What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter,...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/image_feature_1363.html
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by NASA -- NASA Image Of The Day
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The Dendi Caldera is located on the Ethiopian Plateau, approximately 86 kilometers southwest of Addis Ababa. A is a geological feature formed by the near-total eruption of magma from beneath a volcano. Following the eruption, the volcanic structure collapses into the empty magma chamber. This collapse typically leaves a crater or depression where the volcano stood, and later volcanic activity can fill the caldera with younger lavas, ash, sediments, and pyroclastic rocks (rocks made from...
Topics: What -- Crater, What -- Earth, What -- International Space Station (ISS), Where -- Addis Ababa,...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=8611
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by NASA -- Images eol.jsc.nasa.gov/scripts/sseop/photo.pl?mission=ISS001&roll=421&frame=24 ISS001-421-24 and eol.jsc.nasa.gov/scripts/sseop/photo.pl?mission=ISS002&roll=E&frame=9767 ISS002-E-9767 (click to order high-resolution images), were provided by the Earth Sciences and Image Analysis Laboratory at Johnson Space Center. Additional images taken by astronauts and cosmonauts can be viewed at the NASA-JSC eol.jsc.nasa.gov/sseop/ Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth.
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Some of the most breathtaking views of Earth taken from space are those that capture our planet's limb. When viewed from the side, the Earth looks like a flat circle, and the atmosphere appears like a halo around it. This edge of the atmosphere is known as the limb. Viewed from satellites, space shuttles, and even the moon, the image of this luminous envelope of gases shielding the life on our planet from the dark, cold space beyond rarely fails to fascinate us. The two images above show the...
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What -- Moon, What -- International Space Station...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=3338
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by NASA -- Image courtesy landsat7.usgs.gov/ USGS Landsat 7 team, at the edc.usgs.gov/ EROS Data Center.
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This true-color image was taken by the Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus (ETM+) aboard the Landsat 7 satellite on September 12, 2001, at roughly 11:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Savings Time. Visit the NASA home page for www.nasa.gov/newsinfo/WTCplume.html photos from the space station and MODIS, and GlobalSecurity.org for www.globalsecurity.org/eye/wtc.htm images from other satellites.
Topics: What -- Landsat 7, What -- Landsat
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=1755
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by NASA -- Image courtesy the seawifs.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEAWIFS.html SeaWiFS Project, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and ORBIMAGE
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Variations in rainfall change the appearance of the Caspian Sea as the seasons change. This image sequence from the Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS) shows sediment brightening the water of the Caspian's northern section. The Volga River, which enters from the upper lefthand side of this image, is the largest source of fresh water to the sea. To the right the Kaydak Salt Flat dries out from June to November. The Caspian is home to the sturgeon, a fish which supplies the world with...
Topic: Where -- Caspian Sea
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=3008
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NASA's Hubble Space Telescope snapped this panoramic view of a colorful assortment of 100,000 stars residing in the crowded core of a giant star cluster. This is one of the first images taken by the new Wide Field Camera 3 that was installed aboard Hubble in May 2009 during Servicing Mission 4, which can snap sharp images over a broad range of wavelengths. Image Credit: NASA
Topic: What -- Hubble Space Telescope (HST)
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/image_feature_1465.html
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by NASA -- NASA image courtesy the rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS Rapid Response Team, Goddard Space Flight Center
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In western Mauritania, the Sahara Desert extends all the way to the shore of the Atlantic Ocean. At this dramatic transition point lies the Banc d'Arguin National Park. The park encompasses shoreline dunes and small islands, as well coastal swamps, seagrass beds, mudflats, and shallow waters. The life in this park is concentrated in the ocean, where fish, dolphins, and sea turtles are among the inhabitants. Millions of migratory birds winter in the coastal waters; in fact, the park is home to...
Topics: What -- Terra, What -- Earth, Where -- Mauritania, Where -- Atlantic Ocean
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=7240
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by NASA -- Image Courtesy www.jpl.nasa.gov/srtm/ SRTM Team NASA/JPL/NIMA
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Shenandoah National Park lies astride part of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which form the southeastern range of the greater Appalachian Mountains in Virginia. The park is well framed by this one-degree of latitude (38-39 north) by one-degree of longitude (78-79 west) cell of Shuttle Radar Topography Mission data, and it appears here as the most prominent ridge trending diagonally across the scene. Skyline Drive, a 169-kilometer (105-mile) road that winds along the crest of the mountains through...
Topics: What -- Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, What -- Space Shuttle Endeavour, What -- Spaceborne...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=3286
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by NASA -- Astronaut photograph eol.jsc.nasa.gov/scripts/sseop/photo.pl?mission=STS111&roll=E&frame=5485 STS111-E-5485 was provided by the Earth Sciences and Image Analysis Laboratory at Johnson Space Center. Additional images taken by astronauts and cosmonauts can be viewed at the NASA-JSC eol.jsc.nasa.gov/ Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth .
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The large eastern embayment of the Caspian Sea, the Zaliv Kara-Bogaz-Gol, provides astronauts the chance to observe several oceanographic phenomena. This view taken by the STS-111 crew from the Space Shuttle in June 2002 shows the sun reflecting off the surface waters that surround the spit that defines the Zaliv Kara-Bogaz-Gol from the open Caspian Sea. The sunglint reveals the flow of fresher water through the spit channel and into the bay. Old shorelines and accretionary features can be seen...
Topics: What -- STS-111, What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What -- Sun, Where -- Caspian Sea
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=2611
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by NASA -- Astronaut photographs eol.jsc.nasa.gov/scripts/sseop/photo.pl?mission=ISS013&roll=E&frame=27870 ISS013-E-27870 , eol.jsc.nasa.gov/scripts/sseop/photo.pl?mission=ISS013&roll=E&frame=27871 27871 , and eol.jsc.nasa.gov/scripts/sseop/photo.pl?mission=ISS013&roll=E&frame=27872 27872 were acquired May 28, 2006, with a Kodak 760C digital camera using an 800 mm lens. They are provided by the ISS Crew Earth Observations experiment and the Image Science & Analysis Group, Johnson Space Center. The images in this article have been cropped and enhanced to improve contrast. The spaceflight.nasa.gov/home/index.html International Space Station Program supports the laboratory to help astronauts take pictures of Earth that will be of the greatest value to scientists and the public, and to make those images freely available on the Internet. Additional images taken by astronauts and cosmonauts can be viewed at the eol.jsc.nasa.gov/ NASA/JSC Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth.
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Three detailed south-looking images, taken one second apart near noon on May 28th, 2006, show features on the surface of Lake Erie, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) west of Cleveland, Ohio. The three images overlap slightly and are aligned similarly with south at image top. The top image shows the Vermilion River in strong sunglint (top left). Sunglint results when the Sun's light bounces off the water's surface and into the satellite sensor or camera. The angular water bodies along the river are...
Topics: What -- Sun, Where -- Ohio, Where -- Michigan, Where -- United States of America
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=6643
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by NASA -- NASA Image Of The Day
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A fierce storm struck both the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov on November 11, 2007. According to news reports, as many as 10 ships either sank or ran aground, one of them an oil tanker. The Russian tanker Volganeft-139 was anchored to the sea floor in the Kerch Strait linking the Black and Azov Seas when 108-kilometer- (67-mile-) per-hour winds tore the ship apart. As of November 12, up to 2,000 metric tons of fuel oil had leaked from the ship. On November 11, 2007, the day the storm struck, the...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Black Sea, Where -- Sea of Azov, Where -- Ukraine, Where -- Belarus, Where...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=8214
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by NASA -- Image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, modis-land.gsfc.nasa.gov/ MODIS Land Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC
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A thick pall of sand and dust blew out from the Sahara Desert over the Atlantic Ocean yesterday (January 6, 2002), engulfing the Canary Islands in what has become one of the worst sand storms ever recorded there. In this scene, notice how the dust appears particularly thick in the downwind wake of Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands. Perhaps the turbulence generated by the air currents flowing past the island's volcanic peaks is churning the dust back up into the atmosphere, rather than...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Atlantic Ocean
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=2083
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Of the countless equinoxes Saturn has seen since the birth of the solar system, this one, captured in a mosaic of light and dark, is the first witnessed up close by an emissary from Earth Ôø_Ôø_Ôø__¨_ none other than our faithful robotic explorer, Cassini. Seen from our planet, the view of Saturn's rings during equinox is extremely foreshortened and limited. But in orbit around Saturn, Cassini had no such problems. From 20 degrees above the ring plane, Cassini's wide angle camera shot 75...
Topics: What -- Saturn, What -- Earth, What -- Explorer, What -- Cassini, What -- Sun
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/image_feature_1493.html
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Evidence from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Magellan telescopes suggest a star was torn apart by an intermediate-mass black hole in a globular cluster. In this image, X-rays from Chandra are shown in blue and are overlaid on an optical image from the Hubble Space Telescope. The Chandra observations show that this object is a so-called ultraluminous X-ray source (ULX). An unusual class of objects, ULXs emit more X-rays than stars, but less than quasars. Their exact nature has remained...
Topics: What -- Magellan, What -- Hubble Space Telescope (HST), What -- Sun, What -- Launch Abort System...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/image_feature_1557.html
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by NASA -- NASA image provided by the ozonewatch.gsfc.nasa.gov/ Ozone Hole Watch Website.
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When daylight returns to the South Pole after the total darkness of the polar winter, it sets off a series of chemical reactions that destroy ozone in the stratosphere. As spring progresses in the Southern Hemisphere, NASA satellites observe the resulting development of the Antarctic ozonewatch.gsfc.nasa.gov/facts/hole.html ''ozone hole,'' an area of exceptionally low concentrations of stratospheric ozone. The hole begins to develop in mid-August each year and peaks in late September or early...
Topics: What -- Polar, What -- Ozone Monitoring Instrument, What -- Aura, What -- Earth, Where -- Montreal
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=6991
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by NASA -- Image copyright www.spaceimaging.com/ Space Imaging
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A blue-green veil of water tumbles 51 meters over the rocky precipice of the Niagara Falls in this Ikonos image, acquired on August 2, 2004. Every second, more than two million liters of water plummets over the half-circle of the Canadian/Horseshoe portion of the Niagara Falls, shown here, making it one of the world's largest waterfalls. The force of the pounding water is sending a cloud of mist up from the bottom of the falls; this same force eats away at the rock behind the falls, pushing...
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Topics: Where -- United States of America, Where -- Canada
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=5325
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by NASA -- Featured astronaut photograph eol.jsc.nasa.gov/scripts/sseop/photo.pl?mission=STS118&roll=E&frame=9469 STS118-E-9469 was acquired by the www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts118/main/118_crew.html STS-118 crew on August 19, 2007, with a Kodak 760C digital camera using a 28 mm lens, and is provided by the ISS Crew Earth Observations experiment and Image Science & Analysis Laboratory at Johnson Space Center. The image in this article has been enhanced to improve contrast. The spaceflight.nasa.gov/home/index.html International Space Station Program supports the laboratory to help astronauts take pictures of Earth that will be of the greatest value to scientists and the public, and to make those images freely available on the Internet. Additional images taken by astronauts and cosmonauts can be viewed at the NASA/JSC eol.jsc.nasa.gov/ Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth.
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The crew of the Space Shuttle Endeavour took this spectacular image of the International Space Station during the STS118 mission, August 8-21, 2007. The image was acquired by an astronaut through one of the crew cabin windows, looking back over the length of the Shuttle. Endeavour had undocked from the International Space Station, and the crew had begun late inspection of the orbiter's Thermal Protection System (wing leading edges, nosecap, and belly tiles) prior to landing. The late inspection...
Topics: What -- Space Shuttle Endeavour, What -- International Space Station (ISS), What -- Earth, Where --...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=8062
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by NASA -- NASA Image Of The Day
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Deep in the Sahara Desert lies a crater. Nearly a perfect circle, it is 1.9 kilometers (1.2 miles) wide, and sports a rim 100 meters (330 feet) high. The crater sits in a vast plain of rocks so ancient they were deposited hundreds of millions of years before the first dinosaurs walked the Earth. Modern geologists long debated what caused this crater, some of them favoring a volcano. But closer examination of the structure revealed that the crater's hardened ''lava'' was actually rock that had...
Topics: What -- Crater, What -- Earth, What -- ASTER, What -- Terra, Where -- Mauritania
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=8536
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by NASA -- NASA Image Of The Day
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The rainfall pattern across the United States during the first eight months of 2007 is a study in contrasts. Drought dominated both coasts, while the Great Plains states saw far more rain than average. The pattern is illustrated in this rainfall anomaly image, made from data from the near-real-time, Multi-satellite Precipitation Analysis at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. The Multi-satellite Precipitation Analysis (MPA) is based largely on data collected by the Tropical Rainfall Measuring...
Topics: What -- Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM), Where -- Montana, Where -- Oregon, Where --...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=8242
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by NASA -- Image copyright www.spaceimaging.com/ Space Imaging
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In the heart of the Australian Outback, a massive block of red sandstone rises up out of the near-perfect flatness of the eroded landscape. Called Uluru, or Ayer's Rock, this giant is a monolith 348 meters (1,142 feet) high, 3.6 kilometers (2.2 miles) long, and 9.4 kilometers (5.8 miles) around. It is the largest single rock known in the world. Tourists come from all over the country and the world to watch sunrise and sunset bring the colors of the rock to life. Some also make the challenging...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=5304
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by NASA -- Images provided courtesy of the edc.usgs.gov/ USGS EROS Data Center and the Landsat Project Science Office at NASA/GSFC
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The Atlantic's powerful waters gouged a new inlet across Hatteras Island in North Carolina's Outer Banks on September 18, 2003, when Hurricane Isabel came ashore. The top image, taken by the Landsat 5 satellite on September 26, 2003, shows how the storm split Hatteras Island in two. The bottom image, taken on October 25, 1999, shows the southern tip of Hatteras Island before Isabel wrought her damage. The inlet cut across Highway 12 near a section of Cape Hatteras National Seashore Park, to the...
Topics: What -- Landsat 5, Where -- North Carolina
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=3863
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by NASA -- NASA image courtesy the rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS Rapid Response Team, Goddard Space Flight Center
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Wildfires across the Balkans filled the skies with smoke in late July 2007. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's terra.nasa.gov Terra satellite captured this image of the area on July 29, 2007. Places where the sensor detected actively burning fires are marked with red dots. Thick smoke blows southward hundreds of kilometers from the eastern shores of the Adriatic Sea to the Mediterranean Sea. According to a July 27, 2007, report from...
Topics: What -- Terra, What -- Earth, Where -- Adriatic Sea, Where -- Mediterranean Sea, Where --...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=7915
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by NASA -- Image and caption courtesy Owen Kelley, Steve Lang, and Jeff Halverson, NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission at Goddard Space Flight Center.
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After an eventful voyage through the Atlantic, Hurricane Jeanne struck the east coast of Florida on Sunday, September 26, 2004, as shown in the image above. The data in this image was collected by the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission ( www.trmm.gsfc.nasa.gov/ TRMM ) satellite at 09:47 UTC (4:47 AM EDT), when the storm was at Category 3 on the Saffir/Simpson scale, with sustained surface winds of 110 mph. In the image above, the black bar in the lower left corner is 70 miles long, north is...
Topics: What -- Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM), Where -- Florida, Where -- Dominican Republic,...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=4866
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by NASA -- NASA Image Of The Day
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Unlike Mauritania's earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Newsroom/NewImages/images.php3?img_id=17954 Tenoumer Crater or Australia's earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Newsroom/NewImages/images.php3?img_id=17937 Wolfe Creek Crater, Germany's Ries Crater (or Nördlinger Ries) is not easily discerned in space-based images. The crater's existence was probably just as subtle to the medieval Europeans who established a settlement inside it and unknowingly matched their 1-kilometer- (0.6-mile-) wide city to the likely...
Topics: What -- Crater, What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer, What --...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=8554
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by NASA -- Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan asterweb.jpl.nasa.gov/ ASTER Science Team
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North and South Malosmadulu Atolls are in the Maldives, an island republic in the northern Indian Ocean, southwest of India. The Maldives are made up of a chain of 1,192 small coral islands, which are grouped into clusters of atolls. It has a total area of 298 square kilometers and a population of about 330,000. The capital and largest city is Male, with a population of about 80,000. Arguably the lowest-lying country in the world, the average elevation is just 1 meter above sea level. Waves...
Topics: What -- ASTER, Where -- Maldives, Where -- Indian Ocean
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=5542
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by NASA -- Image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC
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The bitter cold snap bearing down on northwest Russia and eastern Europe that has claimed many lives over the last few weeks has also locked the Gulf of Finland up in ice. This true-color modis.gsfc.nasa.gov Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) image from January 10, 2003, shows the frozen Gulf, which is bound at north by Finland, at south by Estonia, and on the east by Russia. At the far eastern end of the Gulf lies the city of St. Petersburg, an important port for regional...
Topics: Where -- Russia, Where -- Gulf of Finland, Where -- Finland, Where -- Estonia, Where -- Baltic Sea
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=3154
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by NASA -- NASA image courtesy the rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC. The image is available in rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/subsets/?Australia2/2005038/Australia2.2005038.aqua additional resolutions .
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This image from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite shows Cyclone Harvey in the Gulf of Carpentaria at 4:30 UTC on February 7, 2005. At the time this image was taken, Harvey had maximum sustained winds of 58 mph (50 knots) with maximum gusts near 75 mph (65 knots) and was moving towards the southwest at 15 mph (13 knots). The cyclone was expected to impact the coast on Monday afternoon (local time) near the border between the Northern Territory and...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Gulf of Carpentaria, Where -- Australia
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=5233
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by NASA -- Images courtesy Paul Thompson www.csr.utexas.edu/grace/ GRACE Science Team
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The Amazon River basin carries a larger volume of water than any other river basin on Earth. So much, in fact, that seasonal increases and decreases in the volume of water flowing through the river have a measurable impact on the Earth's gravity field over equatorial South America over the course of the year. The series of images above shows monthly changes in gravity detected by NASA's Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) between March and December 2003. For the GRACE observations...
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment, What -- GRACE
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=4820
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by NASA -- Astronaut photograph eol.jsc.nasa.gov/scripts/sseop/photo.pl?mission=ISS007&roll=E&frame=10960 ISS007-E-10960 was taken July 27, 2003, with a Kodak DCS760 digital camera equipped with an 800-mm lens, and is provided by the Earth Observations Laboratory, Johnson Space Center. The spaceflight.nasa.gov/ International Space Station Program supports the laboratory to help astronauts take pictures of Earth that will be of the greatest value to scientists and the public, and to make those images freely available on the Internet. Additional images taken by astronauts and cosmonauts can be viewed at the NASA/JSC eol.jsc.nasa.gov/ Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth.
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Founded by Alexander the Great in 331 BC on the Mediterranean coast of Egypt, Alexandria became a center of trade and learning in the ancient world. Alexander built the causeway between the Eastern and Western Harbors, joining Pharos Island (arrow) to the mainland. Alexandria's cultural status was symbolized by the lighthouse on Pharos, one of the ''Seven Wonders of the World.'' The causeway is still known as the old part of the modern city. Since the year 2000, underwater archeologists have...
Topics: What -- International Space Station (ISS), Where -- Egypt
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=4529
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by NASA -- NASA Image Of The Day
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The port city of Perth Amboy is located between the outlets of the Raritan River and Arthur Kill ( is ''river'' in Dutch) into Raritan Bay in upper New Jersey. Rich clay beds in the region, formed during the Cretaceous Era (about 65-144 million years ago), provided raw materials for numerous pottery and terra cotta manufacturers during the nineteenth century. The city was an industrial and shipping center and a resort destination through the early to mid-twentieth century. While the majority of...
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NASA Images
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The active Russian volcano Bezymianny in Kamchatka shows an ongoing flow from a vent on the side of the volcano on Dec. 28, 2000. This image is a composite of an Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) image showing the volcano's topography (blue) and a thermal infrared image showing the ''hot spot'' (red) in great detail. ASTER is the ''zoom lens'' aboard NASA's terra.nasa.gov/ Terra satellite. ASTER's ability to sense fine-scale heated surfaces is providing...
Topics: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer, What -- ASTER, What --...
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NASA Images
by NASA -- Astronaut photographs eol.jsc.nasa.gov/scripts/sseop/photo.pl?mission=ISS008&roll=E&frame=5649&QueryResultsFile=10710692513900.tsv ISS008-E-5649 and eol.jsc.nasa.gov/scripts/sseop/photo.pl?mission=ISS008&roll=E&frame=5652&QueryResultsFile=10710692513900.tsv ISS008-E-5652 were taken November 8, 2003, with a Kodak DCS760 digital camera equipped with an 80 mm lens and provided by the Earth Observations Laboratory, Johnson Space Center. The two images were mosaicked together to make this image The spaceflight.nasa.gov/ International Space Station Program supports the laboratory to help astronauts take pictures of Earth that will be of the greatest value to scientists and the public, and to make those images freely available on the Internet. Additional images taken by astronauts and cosmonauts can be viewed at the NASA/JSC eol.jsc.nasa.gov/ Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth .
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Lake Titicaca, at an elevation of 12,507 feet (3,812 meters) in the Andean Altiplano, is the highest large lake in the world. More than 120 miles long and 50 miles wide, it was the center of the Incan civilization, and today straddles the boundary between Peru and Bolivia. Perhaps more importantly, Lake Titicaca contains one of South America's longest climate records, extending back more than 25,000 years. Scientists have studied indicators of the water level changes over time in Lake Titicaca...
Topics: Where -- Peru, Where -- Bolivia
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NASA Images
by NASA -- Astronaut photograph eol.jsc.nasa.gov/scripts/sseop/photo.pl?mission=ISS014&roll=E&frame=7084 ISS014-E-7084 was acquired November 2, 2006 with a Kodak 760C digital camera using a 400 mm lens, and is provided by the ISS Crew Earth Observations experiment and the Image Science & Analysis Group, Johnson Space Center. The image in this article has been cropped and enhanced to improve contrast. The spaceflight.nasa.gov/home/index.html International Space Station Program supports the laboratory to help astronauts take pictures of Earth that will be of the greatest value to scientists and the public, and to make those images freely available on the Internet. Additional images taken by astronauts and cosmonauts can be viewed at the NASA/JSC eol.jsc.nasa.gov/ Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth.
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The city of Geneva embraces the southern end of Lake Geneva (also known as Lac Leman). Geneva is tucked between two major mountain ranges, the Jura to the northwest (not shown) and the Alps to the southeast. Mount Saleve, near the bottom of the image, represents the northern foothills of the range. The city's built-up area, roadways, and airport appear as white to gray surfaces in this astronaut photograph. Urbanized regions are interspersed with agricultural fields (bright green to light brown...
Topics: Where -- Geneva, Where -- Switzerland
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President Richard M. Nixon and the Apollo 13 crew salute U.S. flag during the post-mission ceremonies at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. Earlier, the astronauts John Swigert, Jim Lovell and Fred W. Haise were presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom by the Chief Executive. Apollo 13, launched on April 11, 1970, was NASA's third manned mission to the moon. Two day later on April 13 while the mission was en route to the moon, a fault in the electrical system of one of the Service Module's...
Topics: Apollo 13, Who -- Richard M. Nixon, Who -- Jack Swigert, Who -- Jim Lovell, What -- Apollo 13, What...
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by NASA -- Image copyright www.spaceimaging.com/ Space Imaging.
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Brilliant orange squares line the walkways of New York City's Central Park in this Ikonos image. Taken on February 12, 2005, the image marks the opening day of christojeanneclaude.net/tg.html The Gates art exhibit. The exhibit was created by Christo and Jeanne-Claude and features 7,500 gates draped with saffron-colored fabric panels. The gates straddle 23 miles of walkways that meander through Central Park, providing an airy golden colonnade to visitors. From space, the gates look more like...
Topic: Where -- New York City
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by NASA -- Image by Robert Simmon, based on data from the University of Maryland's glcf.umiacs.umd.edu/index.shtml Global Land Cover Facility.
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Western Australia's Jack Hills appear as little more than a charcoal-tinged ridgeline in this image captured by the Landsat satellite July 27, 1999. The roughly 80-kilometer-long formation is a collection of bits and pieces of greatly eroded sedimentary and metamorphic rocks such as chert, sandstone, and quartzite. Numerous dry streambeds run in a spider web of cracks among the reddish rocks and sparse vegetation of the landscape. Although the formation doesn't have the grandeur of the...
Topics: What -- Landsat, What -- Earth, What -- Crater, What -- Moon
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=6331
NASA Images
by NASA -- NASA image created by Jesse Allen, using data provided courtesy of Jennifer Small, NASA ltpwww.gsfc.nasa.gov/gimms/htdocs/ GIMMS Group at Goddard Space Flight Center.
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In eastern Africa, most areas experience one of two rainfall patterns. Some places, such as western Kenya, have a single ''long rains'' season that runs from March until November or December. Other areas, such as eastern Kenya, have two rainy seasons: long rains between March/April and July/August, and ''short rains'' from October to December or January. In 2005, the long rains were far below normal, and the short rains failed altogether. Much of the region suffered severe drought. Crops and...
Topics: Where -- Kenya, Where -- Tanzania, Where -- Uganda, Where -- Rwanda, Where -- Ethiopia, Where --...
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At 6:30 a.m. on May 28, 1953, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay set out from a camp high above the South Col on the Southwest Face of Mount Everest and began the ascent for which both would become famous. Fighting through snow, winding along an exposed ridgeline with drops of over 1,000 meters (3,300 feet) on either side, scrambling up steep, rocky steps, and finally climbing a sloping snowfield, the pair reached the summit at 11:30 a.m. It was the first known climb of the world's tallest...
Topics: What -- FAST, Where -- New Zealand, Where -- Nepal
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NASA Images
by NASA -- Image courtesy www.jpl.nasa.gov/airs/ AIRS team, NASA JPL
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Mt. Etna, a volcano on the island of Sicily, erupted on October 26, 2002. Preliminary analysis of data taken by the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) on NASA's Aqua satellite on October 28 shows the instrument can provide an excellent means to study the evolution and structure of the sulfur dioxide (SO 2 ) plume emitted from volcanoes. These data also demonstrate that AIRS can be used to obtain the total mass of SO 2 injected into the atmosphere during a volcanic event, information that may...
Topics: What -- Atmospheric Infrared Sounder, What -- AIRS, What -- Aqua
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=2964
NASA Images
by NASA -- NASA images by Robert Simmon and Jesse Allen, based on modarch.gsfc.nasa.gov/ MODIS data.
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In a photo-like satellite image, the faintest of shadows or shading of grey may give them away, but more often, clouds over the poles simply disappear against the background, camouflaged from the satellite's view by the underlying snow and sea ice. For those trying to track clouds from space, to understand cloud physics, say, or to predict the weather, the problem is frustrating. Only with a combination of visible and invisible wavelengths of light, such as infrared light, do clouds become...
Topics: What -- Visible Light, What -- Terra, What -- Aqua, What -- Polar, What -- Earth, What --...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=7378
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Fast-growing sunspot 1112 is crackling with solar flares. So far, none of the blasts has hurled a substantial CME, or coronal mass ejection, toward Earth. In addition, a vast filament of magnetism is cutting across the sun's southern hemisphere. This filament is so large it spans a distance greater than the separation of Earth and the moon. A bright 'hot spot' just north of the filament's midpoint is UV radiation from sunspot 1112. The proximity is no coincidence; the filament appears to be...
Topics: What -- FAST, What -- Earth, What -- Moon, What -- SPOT 1
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NASA Images
by NASA -- eol.jsc.nasa.gov/scripts/sseop/photo.pl?mission=ISS005&roll=E&frame=9691'' TARGET=''outlink ISS005-E-9691 was provided by the Earth Sciences and Image Analysis Laboratory at Johnson Space Center. Additional images taken by astronauts and cosmonauts can be viewed at the NASA-JSC eol.jsc.nasa.gov/sseop/'' target=''outlink Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth.
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This photograph of Mt. Kazbek was taken from the International Space Station on August 13, 2002. The astronauts and cosmonauts took the photograph at the request of the Russian URAGAN project, which is studying changes in the world's glaciers in response to global climate change. Although scientists have predicted the possibility of large glacial collapses as the climate warms, no one predicted that tragedy would strike the mountain village of Karmadon, a little more than a month later. On...
Topics: What -- International Space Station (ISS), What -- Earth, Where -- Moscow, Where -- Russia
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NASA Images
by NASA -- Astronaut photograph eol.jsc.nasa.gov/scripts/sseop/photo.pl?mission=ISS008&roll=E&frame=21752 ISS008-E-21752 was taken April 16, 2004, with a Kodak DCS760 digital camera equipped with an 200-mm lens, and is provided by the Earth Observations Laboratory, Johnson Space Center. The spaceflight.nasa.gov/ International Space Station Program supports the laboratory to help astronauts take pictures of Earth that will be of the greatest value to scientists and the public, and to make those images freely available on the Internet. Additional images taken by astronauts and cosmonauts can be viewed at the NASA/JSC eol.jsc.nasa.gov/ Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth.
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This metropolis of 15 million people occupies both sides of the entrance to the narrow, 20-mile long Bosporus Strait connecting the Mediterranean and Sea of Marmara (south) to the Black Sea (north). From its founding as Byzantium by the Greeks in 600 B.C., this strategically located city has been a focus of maritime trade and commerce as well as an outpost and threshold for cultural exchange and conflict between Europe and Asia. The modern city's layout and architecture show the influences of...
Topics: What -- International Space Station (ISS), Where -- Black Sea, Where -- Istanbul, Where -- Turkey
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NASA Images
by NASA -- Astronaut photograph eol.jsc.nasa.gov/scripts/sseop/photo.pl?mission=ISS013&roll=E&frame=77351 ISS013-E-77351 was acquired September 5, 2006, with a Kodak 760C digital camera using an 800 mm lens. Astronaut photograph eol.jsc.nasa.gov/scripts/sseop/photo.pl?mission=ISS005&roll=E&frame=11203 ISS005-E-11203 was acquired August 25, 2002 with a Kodak 760C digital camera using a 48 mm lens. Both images are provided by the ISS Crew Earth Observations experiment and the Image Science & Analysis Group, Johnson Space Center. The images in this article have been cropped and enhanced to improve contrast. spaceflight.nasa.gov/home/index.html The International Space Station Program supports the laboratory to help astronauts take pictures of Earth that will be of the greatest value to scientists and the public, and to make those images freely available on the Internet. Additional images taken by astronauts and cosmonauts can be viewed at the NASA/JSC eol.jsc.nasa.gov/ Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth.
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The Volga River drains much of western Russia's industrial region as it travels southward to empty into the Caspian Sea. Over thousands of years, the river has built a tremendous delta that forms the northwestern shoreline of the Caspian Sea. The delta channels provide transportation between the heartland of Russia and the oil-rich Caspian Sea. The Volga's extensive distributaries (branches to the sea) harbor habitat and rich fishing grounds for Russia's famous beluga sturgeon, the source of...
Topics: Where -- Caspian Sea, Where -- Russia
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NASA Images
by NASA -- eol.jsc.nasa.gov/scripts/sseop/photo.pl?mission=ISS006&roll=E&frame=45935 ISS006-E-45935 was provided by the Earth Sciences and Image Analysis Laboratory at Johnson Space Center. Additional images taken by astronauts and cosmonauts can be viewed at the NASA-JSC eol.jsc.nasa.gov/ Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth.
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This unique photograph of shallow Red Sea waters off the coast of Saudi Arabia gives us a glimpse of both the coral reefs under the surface, and the texture and movements of surface waters. On the left side of the image we see through the water column to the reefs below the surface. On the right side of the image, the sun reflects off of microscopic oily films formed by a combination of natural biological sources and human activities on the sea surface (visit...
Topics: What -- Sun, What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What -- TRACE, What -- Atlas, Where -- Red Sea, Where...
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Adjoining Galway Bay to the north, the Burren Plateau ( is Gaelic for ''stony place'') is an example of terrain. Karst terrain is generally formed when sedimentary rocks are dissolved by groundwater. This astronaut photograph illustrates the northwestern-most portion of the Burren Plateau, which is characterized by the distinctive bare exposures of almost horizontal, layered Paleozoic-age limestone rocks that form Gleninagh Mountain. The mountain (image center) appears light gray, with brown...
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- International Space Station (ISS), Where -- Johnson Space Center (JSC),...
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NASA Images
by NASA -- Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/LaRC/JPL, www-misr.jpl.nasa.gov/ MISR Team. Text by Clare Averill (Acro Service Corporation/JPL)
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Particulate air pollution is a complex mixture of particles of varying origins and compositions. Determining the type and abundance of tiny airborne particles, known as aerosols, is needed for monitoring air quality and for understanding climate change. During the last weeks of March 2003, unusually high and widespread aerosol pollution was detected over Europe by several satellite-borne instruments. The Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) instrument aboard NASA's Terra satellite...
Topics: What -- MISR, Where -- Slovakia, Where -- Austria, What -- Terra, What -- Earth, Where -- Baltic...
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NASA Images
by NASA -- Image Courtesy www.jpl.nasa.gov/srtm/ SRTM Team NASA/JPL/NIMA
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This shaded relief image of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula show a subtle, but unmistakable, indication of the Chicxulub impact crater. Most scientists now agree that this impact was the cause of the Cretatious-Tertiary Extinction, the event 65 million years ago that marked the sudden extinction of the dinosaurs as well as the majority of life then on Earth. Most of the peninsula is visible here, along with the island of Cozumel off the east coast. The Yucatan is a plateau composed mostly of...
Topics: What -- Crater, What -- Earth
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=3267
NASA Images
by NASA -- NASA image by Jesse Allen, using data provided courtesy of the NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team.
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On the weekend of June 23, 2007, a wildfire broke out south of Lake Tahoe, which stretches across the California-Nevada border. By June 28, the earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=14323 Angora Fire had burned more than 200 homes and forced some 2,000 residents to evacuate, according to The Seattle Times and the Central Valley Business Times. On June 27, the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer asterweb.jpl.nasa.gov (ASTER) on NASA's...
Topics: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer, What -- ASTER, What --...
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Testing advanced designs for high-speed aircraft in 1948, an engineer makes final calibrations to a model mounted in the 6 x 6 Foot Supersonic Wind Tunnel at the NACA Ames Aeronautical Laboratory, Moffett Field, California. NACA, NASA's predecessor organization the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, was established in March 1913 by Congress to ''supervise and direct the scientific study of the problems of flight, with a view to their practical solutions.'' The Ames Aeronautical...
Topics: Where -- Ames Research Center ARC, Where -- California
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by NASA -- nsidc.org/data/moa/ MODIS mosaic of Antarctica courtesy National Snow and Ice Data Center
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Across the rippling, crevassed whitescape of the East Antarctic Ice Sheet, two unusual shapes appear in this grayscale satellite image of the frozen continent. The smooth, dark gray oval shapes are slight depressions in the surface of the ice sheet that trace out the shorelines of two lakes that are buried several thousand meters (more than 2 miles) deep in ice. Scientists recently published the first thorough description of the size, depth, and origin of these two large lakes, called 90...
Topics: What -- TRACE, What -- Earth, What -- Moon, What -- Europa, What -- Terra, What -- Aqua, What --...
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Lightning over the Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39A competes with the xenon lights on the pad illuminating space shuttle Discovery waiting for a scheduled liftoff on the STS-128 mission. Launch was scrubbed due to the weather and another launch attempt is scheduled for Aug. 28. Discovery's 13-day mission will deliver more than 7 tons of supplies, science racks and equipment, as well as additional environmental hardware to sustain six crew members on the International Space Station. The...
Topics: What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What -- Discovery, What -- STS-128, What -- International Space...
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NASA Images
by NASA -- NASA image created by Jesse Allen, using data obtained courtesy of the rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/ MODIS Rapid Response System at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. The image is available in rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/gallery/?2007233-0821/Dean.A2007233.1905.2km.jpg additional resolutions from the MODIS Rapid Response System.
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Hurricane Dean was the fourth named storm and the first hurricane of the 2007 Atlantic season. It was also one of the strongest hurricanes ever observed in the Atlantic Basin. Dean reached Category 5 status -- the highest rating on the www.nhc.noaa.gov/aboutsshs.shtml Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale -- on earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Newsroom/NewImages/images.php3?img_id=17745 August 20 as it passed over the deep, warm waters of the Caribbean. When it came ashore on August 21, it was the first...
Topics: What -- Aqua, What -- Earth, Where -- Gulf of Mexico, Where -- New York
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NASA Images
by NASA -- Image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, modland.nascom.nasa.gov/ MODIS Land Rapid Response Team
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In northeastern Sicily, Mt. Etna continues to erupt. NASA's modarch.gsfc.nasa.gov/ Moderate-resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the terra.nasa.gov/ Terra satellite captured this true-color image of the volcano on July 22, 2001. (MODIS captured a more recent image of eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/1000/1617/Sicily.A2001205.0940_lrg.jpg Mt. Etna on July 24, 2001 .) The eruption has opened five vents in the mountain, and is releasing a cloud of ash that can be seen...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Mediterranean Sea
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by NASA -- NASA images courtesy of the NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan asterweb.jpl.nasa.gov/ ASTER Science Team.
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Along the coast of Dubai -- one of several emirates comprising the United Arab Emirates -- are human-made islands. When the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer asterweb.jpl.nasa.gov (ASTER) on NASA's terra.nasa.gov Terra satellite took this picture on September 18, 2006, these islands were the largest artificial islands in the world. All of the islands were still under some degree of en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palm_Islands construction in the fall of 2006. From south to...
Topics: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer, What -- ASTER, What --...
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NASA Images
by NASA -- Image by Jesse Allen, based on data provided by the modis-ocean.gsfc.nasa.gov/ MODIS OCEAN Team and the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science www.rsmas.miami.edu/groups/rrsl/ Remote Sensing Group
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A new sensor orbiting the Earth aboard NASA's terra.nasa.gov/ satellite is now collecting the most detailed measurements ever made of the sea's surface temperature every day all over the globe. Like a sophisticated thermometer in space, the Moderate-resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) is helping Earth scientists advance studies of how our world's oceans and atmosphere interact in ways that drive weather patterns and, over the long term, define our climate. The image above shows cold...
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- Terra, Where -- Peru, Where -- Pacific Ocean
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NASA Images
by NASA -- NASA image by Jesse Allen, based on data from Zhengming Wan, MODIS Land Surface Temperature Group, www.icess.ucsb.edu/ Institute for Computational Earth System Science, University of California, Santa Barbara.
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As of early January 2007, the 2006-2007 Northern Hemisphere winter was proving to be a mild one in terms of temperatures. In North America, significant snows had yet to fall in many of the usual places, including most of New England. In the United States' capital, the city's famous cherry trees welcomed the new year with blooms -- a show they don't normally put on until spring. In Europe, World Cup ski events had to be moved, postponed, or canceled because of lack of snow in the mountains. The...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- United States of America, Where -- Canada, Where -- Colorado, Where --...
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by NASA -- Image Courtesy www.jpl.nasa.gov/srtm/ SRTM Team NASA/JPL/NIMA
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Portland, the largest city in Oregon, is located on the Columbia River at the northern end of the Willamette Valley. On clear days, Mount Hood highlights the Cascade Mountains backdrop to the east. The Columbia is the largest river in the American Northwest and is navigable up to and well beyond Portland. It is also the only river to fully cross the Cascade Range, and has carved the Columbia River Gorge, which is seen in the left-central part of this view. A series of dams along the river, at...
Topics: What -- Columbia, What -- Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, What -- SRTM, What -- Landsat, What --...
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by NASA -- Image courtesy GOES project
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The first full-disk (hemispheric) image of the Earth after the turn of the century on the East Coast of the U.S. was aquired by a NOAA Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite--GOES-8-- at 12:45 AM Eastern Standard Time, January 1, 2000. For more high-resolution color images of the earth, see: rsd.gsfc.nasa.gov/goes/test/goes.fulldisk.html http://rsd.gsfc.nasa.gov/goes/test/goes.fulldisk.html
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- Environmental Satellite, What -- GOES 8
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NASA Images
by NASA -- Image eol.jsc.nasa.gov/scripts/sseop/photo.pl?mission=ISS003&roll=ESC&frame=6061'' target=''outlink ISS003-E-6061 was provided by the eol.jsc.nasa.gov/ Earth Sciences and Image Analysis Laboratory at Johnson Space Center. Additional images taken by astronauts and cosmonauts can be viewed at the NASA-JSC eol.jsc.nasa.gov/sseop/ Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth.
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The Expedition 3 crew of the International Space Station caught a rare glimpse of the massive ice fields and glaciers of Patagonia early in the afternoon on September 25, 2001. This part of the South American coast sees frequent storms and is often obscured from view by cloud cover. Brüggen Glacier in southern Chile is the largest western outflow from the Southern Patagonian Ice Field and, unlike most glaciers worldwide, advanced significantly since 1945. From 1945 to 1976, Brüggen surged 5...
Topics: What -- International Space Station (ISS), Where -- Chile
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NASA Images
by NASA -- Photograph number eol.jsc.nasa.gov/scripts/sseop/photo.pl?mission=STS053&roll=82&frame=22 STS053-81-88 was taken nearly 10 years ago from the Space Shuttle on December 7, 1992. Digital photograph number eol.jsc.nasa.gov/scripts/sseop/photo.pl?mission=ISS001&roll=E&frame=6504 ISS001-ESC-6504 was taken in early 2001 from the International Space Station Alpha. Both images were provided by the eol.jsc.nasa.gov/ Earth Sciences and Image Analysis Laboratory at Johnson Space Center. Additional images taken by astronauts and cosmonauts can be viewed at the NASA-JSC eol.jsc.nasa.gov/sseop/ Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth.
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Shiveluch volcano anchors the northern end of a volcanic chain of more than 100 volcanoes covering the Kamchatkan Peninsula. It is one of the most active volcanoes along the Pacific Rim. Astronauts took both of these very different images of Shiveluch and other Kamchatkan volcanoes. The first image was taken in 1992, and looks straight down from orbit onto Shiveluch's irregular outline. The Kamchatka River wanders between Shiveluch to the north and Kamchatka's most active volcano,...
Topics: What -- Sun, What -- Crater, What -- International Space Station (ISS)
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NASA Images
by NASA -- Astronaut photograph eol.jsc.nasa.gov/scripts/sseop/photo.pl?mission=ISS014&roll=E&frame=7578 ISS014-E-7578 was acquired on November 8, 2006, with a Kodak 760C digital camera fitted with an 800 mm lens. The image was taken by the www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/expeditions/expedition14/index.html Expedition 14 crew, and it is provided by the ISS Crew Earth Observations Experiment and Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, Johnson Space Center. The image in this article has been cropped and enhanced to improve contrast. Lens artifacts have been removed. The spaceflight.nasa.gov/home/index.html International Space Station Program supports the laboratory to help astronauts take pictures of Earth that will be of the greatest value to scientists and the public, and to make those images freely available on the Internet. Additional images taken by astronauts and cosmonauts can be viewed at the NASA/JSC eol.jsc.nasa.gov/ Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth.
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The Nardò Ring is a striking visual feature from space, and astronauts have photographed it several times. The Ring is a race car test track; it is 12.5 kilometers long and steeply banked to reduce the amount of active steering needed by drivers. Although it is a perfect circle, it appears oval in this photograph. This distortion is because the astronaut's viewing angle was 35 degrees, looking back along the orbit track to the southwest from the International Space Station's window. The Nardò...
Topics: What -- International Space Station (ISS), Where -- Italy
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by NASA -- NASA Image Of The Day
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Human history isn't confined to books; some of it is written across the surface of the Earth. Among the places where the earth itself tells a story of our past is the French landscape around the city of Verdun, where more than 300,000 French and Germans died during a World War I battle that went on from mid-February to mid-December 1916. In this image, Verdun is a small city on the banks of the Meuse River surrounded by the geometric pattern of farmed and fallow fields. The river is framed by...
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- Landsat 7, Where -- France
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NASA Images
by NASA -- Image Courtesy www.jpl.nasa.gov/srtm/ SRTM Team NASA/JPL/NIMA
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This image of the world was generated with data from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM). The SRTM Project has recently released a new global data set called SRTM30, where the original one arcsecond of latitude and longitude resolution (about 30 meters, or 98 feet, at the equator) was reduced to 30 arcseconds (about 928 meters, or 3045 feet.) This image was created from that data set and shows the world between 60 degrees south and 60 degrees north latitude, covering 80% of the Earth's...
Topics: What -- Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, What -- SRTM
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NASA Images
by NASA -- NASA image by Jeff Schmaltz, rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS Rapid Response Team, Goddard Space Flight Center.
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On February 6, 2007, thick haze blew across the Yellow Sea and the Korean Peninsula toward Japan. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's aqua.nasa.gov Aqua satellite took this picture the same day. In this image, the band of haze appears to narrow somewhat as it crosses over South Korea, then spreads out over the Sea of Japan (East Sea). Skies over North Korea and the northern portion of the sea are relatively clear. Opaque white clouds mix with...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Yellow Sea, Where -- Sea of Japan, Where -- Japan, Where -- Korea, Where --...
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by NASA -- NASA image created by Jesse Allen, using data provided courtesy of the oceancolor.gsfc.nasa.gov/ Ocean Color science tean.
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It was a typical summer day on Lake Superior on August 2, 2007, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer ( modis.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS ) on NASA's terra.nasa.gov/ Terra satellite recorded the lake's temperature. Warm waters fringed the southern shores, while cooler waters gather in the center of the lake. Cold waters were welling up from the depth of the lake along the northern shore. If you were to look at the lake a few weeks later, it would have an entirely different appearance....
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Austin, Where -- Minnesota
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NASA Images
by NASA -- Image copyright www.spaceimaging.com/ Space Imaging
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Tucked deep in the Cambodian rainforest, the ancient Angkor Wat temple is considered one of the most valuable architectural sites in Asia. Angkor Wat is the pinnacle of the city of Angkor, capital of the once-powerful Khmer Empire of Southeast Asia. The temple was built by Suryavarman II between 1113 and 1150 AD. Dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu, Angkor Wat is a representation of Mount Meru, home of the gods and the center of the Hindu universe. In addition to its unique pyramid temple...
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by NASA -- Image courtesy Jesse Allen, NASA's Earth Observatory, Goddard Space Flight Center
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On July 27, 1953, an armistice agreement brought fighting, though not the war itself, to an end in Korea. One legacy of that 50-year-old ceasefire has been the 250-km-long (148-mile) truce line bisecting the Korean Peninsula into northern and southern halves. The armistice provided for a 4-km-wide (2.5-mile) buffer zone running west to east roughly along the 38th parallel. This buffer zone contains river deltas and grasslands toward its western end, but is mostly mountainous terrain in the...
Topics: What -- Landsat, Where -- Korea, Where -- Seoul
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by NASA -- NASA Image Of The Day
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A crisp, clear winter day over France provided the International Space Station a detailed view of the city of Paris. This image, rotated and cropped from the original, shows the recognizable street pattern of the city--and some of the world's most notable landmarks--along the Seine River. One of the main avenues radiating like spokes from the Arc de Triomphe (image upper left) is the Avenue des Champs-Élysees running southeast to the Garden of Tuileries (Jardin des Tuileries). The...
Topics: What -- International Space Station (ISS), What -- Earth, Where -- France, Where -- Paris, Where --...
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Astronomers have long known that the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy, known as Sagittarius A* (or Sgr A* for short), is a particularly poor eater. The fuel for this black hole comes from powerful winds blown off dozens of massive young stars that are concentrated nearby. These stars are located a relatively large distance away from Sgr A*, where the gravity of the black hole is weak, and so their high-velocity winds are difficult for the black hole to capture and...
Topics: What -- Sagittarius, Where -- Milky Way Galaxy, Where -- Massachusetts
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