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In western Africa, just south of the Sahara Desert, lies the landlocked nation of Burkina Faso. Despite the limited natural resources in this arid savannah, the nation experienced a 200 percent increase in urban population between 1975 and 2000. Much of that growth occurred in the capital city of Ouagadougou, where unplanned settlements sprang up along the city's perimeter. Between 1960 and 1993, Ouagadougou experienced a 14-fold increase in area. Over the years, NASA's Landsat satellites have...
Topics: What -- Landsat 5, What -- Atlas, What -- Landsat, Where -- Burkina Faso, Where -- Ouagadougou,...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=8870
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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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by NASA -- Images Copyright www.digitalglobe.com/ DigitalGlobe
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eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/5000/5125/srilanka_kalutara_flood_dec26_2004_dg.jpg Detail, December 26, 2004 (760 kB JPEG) eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/5000/5125/srilanka_kalutara_beforeflood_jan1_2004_dg.jpg Detail, January 1, 2004 (590 kB JPEG) eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/5000/5125/srilanka_kalutara_ov_dec26_2004_dg.jpg Overview, December 26, 2004 (1.1 MB JPEG) eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/5000/5125/srilanka_kalutara_ov_jan1_2004_dg.jpg...
Topics: Where -- Indian Ocean, Where -- Indonesia, Where -- Sri Lanka
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=5125
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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
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=8211
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by NASA -- NASA image created by Jesse Allen, Earth Observatory, using data obtained from the University of Maryland's
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Kiev (also spelled Kyiv) is the capital of Ukraine, the second largest country in Europe (second only to Russia and slightly larger than France). The city's history has long been entwined with Russia's. In the region's early history, Kiev was the capital city of a state that encompassed much of the surrounding lands. Invaded by the Mongols in the 13th century, Kiev fell from primacy, but rebuilt itself and remained a major city power for centuries. It became the capital of the newly independent...
Topics: What -- Landsat 7, Where -- Kiev, Where -- Ukraine, Where -- Russia, Where -- France, Where --...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=6378
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Space shuttle Atlantis soars to orbit from Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on the STS-132 mission to the International Space Station at 2:20 p.m. EDT on May 14. The third of five shuttle missions planned for 2010, this was the last planned launch for Atlantis. Image Credit: NASA/Kenny Allen
Topics: What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What -- STS-132, What -- International Space Station ISS, Where --...
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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 -- 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...
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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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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...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=5112
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by NASA -- Image provided by the edc.usgs.gov/ USGS EROS Data Center Satellite Systems Branch.
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Each of these swirling clouds is the result of a meteorological phenomenon known as a von Karman vortex. These vortices appeared over Alexander Selkirk Island in the southern Pacific Ocean. Rising precipitously from the surrounding waters, the island's highest point is nearly a mile (1.6 km) above sea level. As wind-driven clouds encounter this obstacle, they flow around it to form large, spinning eddies. This image was acquired by landsat7.usgs.gov/ Landsat 7's Enhanced Thematic Mapper plus...
Topics: What -- Landsat 7, Where -- Pacific Ocean
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=2613
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by NASA -- Topography map of Hispaniola (top) courtesy NASA's www2.jpl.nasa.gov/srtm/'' target=''_blank Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM). Population density map courtesy sedac.ciesin.columbia.edu/ '' target=''_blank Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC).
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The skies over Hispaniola opened up on May 24, 2004, and poured as much as 10 inches (25 cm) of rain within a 24-hour span onto an already rain-soaked island that had received as much as 10 inches of rain over the previous week. The torrent triggered flooding and mudslides that ran swiftly down the northern and southern flanks of the Massif de la Salle, straddling the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic. As the deluge fanned out on the flood plains below, several villages were...
Topics: Where -- Haiti, Where -- Dominican Republic
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=4566
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by NASA -- Image copyright www.spaceimaging.com/ Space Imaging, Inc.
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Athletes and sports fans from all over the world will soon focus their attention on Athens, Greece -- host city for the www.athens2004.com/ 2004 Summer Olympic Games. This high-resolution image shows the Athens Olympic Sports Complex, where this year's games will be played. Acquired on June 24, 2004, by Space Imaging's IKONOS satellite, the scene shows the complex in stunning detail, including the Olympic Stadium (home of the opening and closing ceremonies), the Olympic Aquatic Center, Olympic...
Topics: What -- TRACE, What -- Spirit, Where -- Athens, Where -- Greece, Where -- Olympia, Where -- Pierre
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=4739
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This perspective view shows the city of Bhuj, India, in the foreground (gray area). Bhuj and many other nearby towns and cities were almost completely destroyed by the shaking of an earthquake in western India on January 26, 2001. This magnitude 7.6 earthquake was the deadliest in the history of India with some 20,000 fatalities and over a million homes damaged or destroyed. The epicenter of the earthquake was in the area in the background of this view. Bhuj was the historical capital of the...
Topics: What -- Landsat 7, What -- Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, What -- SRTM, What -- Landsat, What --...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=1317
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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
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=3741
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by NASA -- NASA images created by Jesse Allen, Earth Observatory, using data provided courtesy of the NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan asterweb.jpl.nasa.gov/ ASTER Science Team.
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For centuries, mariners had to travel an extra 340 kilometers (185 nautical miles) between the Gulf of Corinth and the Saronic Gulf. The reason for this extra distance was a thin strip of land only about 6 kilometers (4 miles) across. The Isthmus of Corinth connects mainland Greece in the north to the Peloponnese Peninsula in the south. In the late 19th century, ships' journeys shortened with the completion of the Corinth Canal. On May 9, 2005, the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and...
Topics: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer, What -- ASTER, What --...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=6997
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by NASA -- Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan asterweb.jpl.nasa.gov/ ASTER Science Team
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For almost 2,000 years, the River Thames has served as the life force of London, capital of the United Kingdom and one of the world's most famous cities. In AD 43 the Romans established the trading settlement of Londinium at a favorable crossing point on the river. The Romans remained until the 5th century, when the city came under Saxon control. The early 17th century saw enormous growth, but the deadly plague of 1664 and 1665 ravaged the population, and in the following year the Great Fire,...
Topics: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer, What -- ASTER, What --...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=3200
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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 -- Astronaut photograph eol.jsc.nasa.gov/scripts/sseop/photo.pl?mission=ISS011&roll=E&frame=12401 ISS011-E-12401 was acquired July 10, 2005, with a Kodak 760C digital camera with a 400 mm lens, and is provided by the ISS Crew Earth Observations experiment and the Image Science & Analysis Group, Johnson Space Center. 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...
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This strongly oblique (from the side) view shows the Gulf of Finland and Lake Ladoga in the late afternoon. At this time of day, sunglint -- the reflection of sunlight into the camera lens -- distinguishes the bodies of water from their surroundings. The image was taken from the International Space Station when the craft orbited north of the Caspian Sea, approximately 2,500 kilometers (1600 miles) to the southeast on the Russia-Kazakhstan border. Lakes in Finland in the middle of the view are...
Topics: Who -- Sergei Krikalev, What -- International Space Station (ISS), Where -- Gulf of Finland, Where...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=6058
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Perhaps the most impressive of cloud formations, (from the Latin for ''pile'' and ''rain cloud'') clouds form due to vigorous convection (rising and overturning) of warm, moist, and unstable air. Surface air is warmed by the sun-heated ground surface and rises; if sufficient atmospheric moisture is present, water droplets will condense as the air mass encounters cooler air at higher altitudes. The air mass itself also expands and cools as it rises due to decreasing atmospheric pressure, a...
Topics: What -- Sun, What -- International Space Station (ISS), What -- Earth, Where -- Senegal, Where --...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=8542
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In the southeastern corner of the Baltic Sea lies a skinny stretch of land. Known as the Curonian (or Courland) Spit, it separates the Curonian Lagoon (also known as the Courland Lagoon) from the Baltic Sea. Just 3,800 meters (about 12,460 feet) at its widest point, the spit encloses a lagoon of some 1,620 square kilometers (625 square miles). On July 25, 2006, the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer asterweb.jpl.nasa.gov/ (ASTER) , flying on NASA's terra.nasa.gov/...
Topics: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer, What -- ASTER, What --...
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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...
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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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Before the late eighteenth century, residents of England didn't necessarily take much interest in the rocks under their feet. The arrival of the Industrial Revolution, however, drew the attention of the country's entrepreneurs downward. England's industrialists began plunging deep underground for coal -- the fossilized remains of ancient swamps -- and carving canals across the countryside to transport it efficiently. In this environment, a geologist named William Smith managed to marry his...
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Resembling a work of modern art, variegated green crop circles cover what was once shortgrass prairie in southwestern Kansas. The most common crops in this region -- Finney County -- are corn, wheat, and sorghum. Each of these crops was at a different point of development when the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer ( asterweb.jpl.nasa.gov/ ASTER ) captured this image on June 24, 2001, accounting for the varying shades of green and yellow. Healthy, growing crops are...
Topics: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer, What -- ASTER, Where --...
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Like a giant green and brown serpent slithering toward the Mediterranean Sea, the Nile River and its corridor of agriculture contrast sharply with the arid beige surroundings of Egypt. Midway between the lush Nile Delta and Lake Nasser, the Nile bends toward the east. Although it follows the general contours of the river, the farmed floodplain takes a smoother path. The Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus on NASA's Landsat-7 satellite captured this image of the bend in the Nile River on October 19,...
Topics: What -- Landsat 7, What -- Landsat, Where -- Mediterranean Sea, Where -- Egypt
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=8770
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by NASA -- Photograph courtesy NASA www.nasa.gov/centers/kennedy/home/index.html Kennedy Space Center
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Space Shuttle Discovery lifted off from Cape Canaveral at 10:39 a.m. EDT July 26, 2005, returning to flight more than two years after the Space Shuttle Columbia tragedy of February 1, 2003. Nine minutes later, Discovery reached orbit. On its 13-day mission the shuttle crew will test new methods of repairing damage to the Space Shuttle and dock with the International Space Station. While docked, the Discovery crew will deliver supplies, install equipment, and replace a faulty gyroscope on the...
Topics: What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What -- Columbia, What -- International Space Station (ISS), What --...
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The Wilkins Ice Shelf, on the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula, experienced multiple disintegration events in 2008. By the beginning of 2009, a...
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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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The western half of the Arabian Peninsula contains not only large expanses of sand and gravel, but extensive lava fields known as ( for a named field). One such field is the 14,000-square-kilometer Harrat Khaybar, located approximately 137 kilometers to the northeast of the city of Al Madinah (Medina). The volcanic field was formed by eruptions along a 100-kilometer, north-south vent system over the past 5 million years. The most recent recorded eruption took place between 600-700 AD. Harrat...
Topics: What -- Crater, What -- Earth, What -- International Space Station (ISS), Where -- Johnson Space...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=8650
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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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by NASA -- Astronaut photograph eol.jsc.nasa.gov/scripts/sseop/photo.pl?mission=ISS008&roll=E&frame=13212 ISS008-E-13212 was taken on January 26, 2004, using a Kodak digital camera with a 400 mm lens, and was provided by Julie Robinson, Earth Sciences and Image Analysis Laboratory (Lockheed Martin), 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...
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This image of the El Paso-Juarez area on the U.S.-Mexico border is the www.jsc.nasa.gov/news/releases/2004/J04-006.html 100,000th photograph of Earth that astronauts have taken from the International Space Station. It was taken on January 26, 2004, by Expedition 8 crewmembers. The Rio Grande can be seen meandering through the area, forming the boundary between the sister cities of El Paso, Texas and Juarez, Chihuahua. North is to the right in this image, and the setting sun has cast the east...
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- International Space Station (ISS), What -- Sun, Where -- Texas
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by NASA -- NASA images by Lawrence Ong and the eo1.gsfc.nasa.gov/ EO-1 Science Team.
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If you asked almost anyone to describe a tropical island, they would likely mention palm trees and flat, white sandy beaches that stretch for kilometers: they would describe a coral atoll. Coral atolls are normally long, thin bars of white sand that rise just a few meters above sea level. The island or island group surrounds a hollow center where a volcanic peak once was. The atoll shown in this photo-like satellite image is the island of Tureia, in French Polynesia, about 930 kilometers...
Topics: What -- Imager, What -- EO 1, Where -- French Polynesia, Where -- Pitcairn Island
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In the mountains north of Los Angeles, California, three intermittent steams come together to create the San Gabriel River, which flows southwest out of the mountains. The river is subject to torrential floods, and has an extensive water control system in place, with numerous dams, levees, and reservoirs. The major rainstorms that hit Southern California around New Year's Day 2005 put that system to the test, filling local reservoirs to capacity. This image shows four major dams along the...
Topics: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer, Where -- Los Angeles, Where...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=5215
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This image of South America was generated with data from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission www.jpl.nasa.gov/srtm/ (SRTM). For this broad view the resolution of the data was first reduced to 30 arcseconds (about 928 meters north-south but variable east-west), matching the best previously existing global digital topographic data set called edcdaac.usgs.gov/gtopo30/gtopo30.html GTOPO30. The data were then resampled to a Mercator projection with approximately square pixels (about one kilometer,...
Topics: What -- Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, What -- SRTM, What -- Space Shuttle Endeavour, What --...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=3581
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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...
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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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by NASA -- NASA image courtesy the rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS Rapid Response Team, Goddard Space Flight Center
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When the hot, humid air from a jet engine mixes with colder, drier air in the surrounding environment, condensation trails, or ''contrails,'' streak the sky. If the air through which the airplane is flying is already close to being saturated with water vapor, the condensation trail will last longer than it will if the air is dry. A contrail that lingers can spread out into a layer of cirrus (thin, wispy clouds). When this image from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer...
Topics: What -- Terra, What -- WISE, Where -- Kentucky, Where -- Ohio, Where -- Indiana, Where -- Illinois,...
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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 --...
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by NASA -- Astronaut photograph eol.jsc.nasa.gov/scripts/sseop/photo.pl?mission=ISS010&roll=E&fra me=22495 ISS010-E-22495 was acquired April 2, 2005, with a Kodak 760C digital camera with an 800 mm lens. The image is provided by the ISS Crew Earth Observations experiment and the Image Science & Analysis Group at the Johnson Space Center. The spaceflight.nasa.gov/home/index.html International Space Station Program supports the laboratory to help astronauts take pictures of Earth that...
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Numerous well-known landmarks appear in this detailed view of London taken from the International Space Station. To capture the shot, the astronaut had to look back along the Space Station's ground track, from a position over northern Germany. The most striking visual features are green open spaces such as Regent's Park, Hyde Park and St. James's Park east of Buckingham Palace. Many smaller parks indicate why Londoners are proud of being able to walk miles through the city mainly on grass. The...
Topics: What -- International Space Station (ISS), Where -- London, Where -- Germany, Where -- United...
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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 --...
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According to international news reports, Russian officials declared a state of emergency in southern and eastern parts of the country in mid-April 2008 due to numerous out-of-control fires sweeping across several regions. This image shows one of the regions that was ablaze: the Amur Oblast' in Russia's Far East. On April 15, 2008, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's aqua.nasa.gov Aqua satellite captured this image of dozens of active fires...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Russia
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After earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Newsroom/NewImages/images.php3?img_id=17782 record retreat in September 2007, Arctic sea ice had been making a slow winter recovery. Mean sea ice extent remained at record-low levels in October 2007, but beginning in late October, sea ice grew by more than 150,000 square kilometers (about 58,000 square miles) per day for about 10 days--the fastest regrowth observed in the satellite record. Despite this rapid growth, sea ice extent remained below normal for...
Topics: What -- EOS, What -- Aqua, What -- Nimbus 7, What -- Defense Meteorological Satellite, Where --...
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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...
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Jupiter's moon Europa has a crust made up of blocks, which are thought to have broken apart and 'rafted' into new positions, as shown in the image on the left. These features are the best geologic evidence to date that Europa may have had a subsurface ocean at some time in its past. Combined with the geologic data, the presence of a magnetic field leads scientists to believe an ocean is most likely present at Europa today. In this false color image, reddish-brown areas represent non-ice...
Topics: Europa, What -- Moon, What -- Europa, What -- Crater, What -- Galileo, Where -- Arizona
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by NASA -- Visualization by Jesse Allen, Earth Observatory. Landsat data and SRTM data coregistration provided by the landsat.gsfc.nasa.gov/ Landsat Project Science Office at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.
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Snow-capped Pike's Peak towers over Colorado Springs in this Landsat scene. At 14,110 feet above sea level, Pike's Peak is the 31st highest peak in Colorado. Nestled in Colorado's Front Range, it is the farthest east of the large Rocky Mountain peaks. Today the mountain bears the name of military explorer Zebulon Montgomery Pike, who viewed the mountain from a hundred miles away while exploring the far-flung, southwestern corners of the land that the United States obtained in the Louisiana...
Topics: What -- Landsat 7, Where -- Louisiana, What -- Explorer, What -- Shuttle Radar Topography Mission,...
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by NASA -- NASA image created by Jesse Allen, Earth Observatory, using data obtained from the University of Maryland's www.landcover.org/ Global Land Cover Facility.
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The Indian Ocean tsunami of December 26, 2004, served as a reminder that nature can be profoundly destructive. Researchers who looked more closely at the tsunami's aftermath, however, learned something else: While destructive, nature is not uniformly so. In the areas that saw the most intense tsunami activity, devastation was unavoidable, but in areas farther away, environmental factors other than proximity affected the damage done by the tsunami. Cuddalore District near the southern tip of...
Topics: What -- Opportunity, What -- Landsat 7, Where -- Indian Ocean
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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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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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by NASA -- NASA images created by Jesse Allen, Earth Observatory, using data provided courtesy of the NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan asterweb.jpl.nasa.gov/ ASTER Science Team.
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High in the Alps of south-central Switzerland, the Rhone Glacier tips southward from the southern slopes of the massive Dammastock Peak. As the source of the Rhone River, the glacier is one of the primary contributors to Lake Geneva, about 155 kilometers (96 miles) downstream to the west. During the Ice Age, the Rhone Glacier would have filled the long, narrow valley through which the river now flows. Today, small alpine towns overlook the valley, offering stopping over points for sight-seers...
Topics: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer, What -- ASTER, What --...
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Topics: What -- Mars Exploration Rover (MER), What -- Spirit, What -- Sun, What -- Crater, What -- Mars,...
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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)
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by NASA -- Image by Robert Simmon, based on data from Lauren VanArsdall and Robert L. Nusbaum, www.cofc.edu/~geology/ Geology and Environmental Geosciences, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC. Image interpretation provided by Lauren VanArsdall and Robert L. Nusbaum.
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Two nearby volcanoes in the Tibesti Range Mountains in northern Chad exhibit dramatically different surface characteristics in a topographic image. The difference in their appearance is due to their relative ages and eruptive history. The map was created using stereo pairs of images (images of the same area taken from different angles) captured by NASA's Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) aboard the Terra satellite on January 17, 2005, and January 20, 2006....
Topics: What -- STEREO, What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer, What --...
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by NASA -- NASA images created by Jesse Allen, Earth Observatory. ASTER data provided courtesy of the NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan asterweb.jpl.nasa.gov/ ASTER Science Team.
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India's Hugli River (sometimes spelled ''Hooghly'') is a Ganges River distributary, one of the many branches of the river that are collectively known as the ''Mouths of the Ganges.'' As the Ganges approaches the coastal plain, the river fans out over the flat terrain of Bangladesh and West Bengal, India, as numerous meandering channels. The Hugli branches off the Ganges about 200 kilometers north of Calcutta, and the river flows past the city before emptying into the Bay of Bengal. This image...
Topics: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer, What -- ASTER, What --...
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by NASA -- NASA image created by Jesse Allen, using Landsat data provided by the University of Maryland's www.landcover.org/ Global Land Cover Facility.
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In the Republic of the Marshall Islands, in the western Pacific Ocean, lie two atolls -- coral islands encircling lagoons. NASA's Landsat 7 satellite acquired this image of Majuro and Arno Atolls on May 16, 2000. Both atolls appear as meandering lines of delicate white against a darker ocean background. Areas of shallow water near the shore appear iridescent blue, especially in the southwest portion of each atoll and off the northwest tip of Arno Atoll. Overhead, tiny white clouds dot the sky....
Topics: What -- Landsat 7, What -- Landsat, What -- Earth, Where -- Marshall Islands, Where -- Pacific...
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by NASA -- NASA images created by Jesse Allen, Earth Observatory, using data provided courtesy of the NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan asterweb.jpl.nasa.gov/ ASTER Science Team.
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Germany's largest city and capital, Berlin has appeared in historical records since the 14th century, and has been a capital city of the surrounding kingdom, empire, or nation since the beginning of the 18th century. Like many capital cities, Berlin has seen its share of strife. Shortly after World War II bombings devastated the city, Cold War superpowers divided it into East and West Berlin. Between August 1961 and November 1989, a wall running though the city reinforced the political divide....
Topics: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer, What -- ASTER, What --...
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After a record harvest in October 2007, Ethiopia settled into a drought. Little rain fell during the October and November rainy season, and rainfall was predicted to be below normal in the March-to-May rainy season as well, said the Famine Early Warning System Network. The impact of the poor rainfall is evident in this vegetation image, made with data collected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer ( modis.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS ) on NASA's terra.nasa.gov/ Terra satellite between...
Topics: What -- Terra, What -- Earth, Where -- Ethiopia
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by NASA -- NASA image courtesy the seawifs.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEAWIFS.html MODIS Ocean Science Team at Goddard Space Flight Center
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It's mid spring in the South Atlantic, and life is blooming in the ocean there. The image above uses rainbow colors to show the location and concentration of microscopic marine plants (phytoplankton) around the Falkland Islands (shown in light gray left of center in this scene) on November 22, 2004. The data for the image came from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's aqua.nasa.gov Aqua satellite. The black patches show gaps in the data due to...
Topics: What -- Aqua, What -- Visible Light, Where -- Falkland Islands, Where -- Brazil, Where -- Argentina
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by NASA -- Image by Robert Simmon, based on landsat.gsfc.nasa.gov/ Landsat 7 data archived by the glcf.umiacs.umd.edu/ Global Land Cover Facility
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Far out in the central Pacific Ocean, thousands of miles from any large landmass, hot molten rock from deep in the Earth's core bubbles up and periodically recreates the largest volcano in the world: Mauna Loa on the ''Big Island'' of Hawai'i. Most of the surface of the volcano is covered by lava flows that have been laid down in the last 10,000 years, although geologists believe the volcano is probably between 600,000 and 1 million years old. In this Landsat image from February 5, 2000, the...
Topics: What -- Landsat, Where -- Pacific Ocean, Where -- Hawaii
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by NASA -- Image courtesy the glcf.umiacs.umd.edu/index.shtml University of Maryland Global Land Cover Facility
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The 2,228-meter-tall (7,310-foot) Mt. Kosciuszko lies at the southern end of Australia's Snowy Mountains, which define the Kosciuszko National Park. Though it is the tallest mountain on the continent, Kosciuszko is very easy to climb. In summer, it is a scramble up the slope from the Thredbo Village (or you can take the chairlift!) to the plateau, and a gentle 6-km (4-mile) walk to the mountain. The sensitive alpine grasses are protected from the foot traffic by a steel grate, making the walk...
Topics: What -- Explorer, What -- Landsat 5, What -- Landsat, Where -- New Zealand, Where -- Russia, Where...
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Two East African volcanoes, Nyamuragira and Nyiragongo, account for 40 percent of all recorded eruptions in Africa. The two volcanoes sit along the edge of the Western Rift, part of a giant crack in the Earth's crust that runs for thousands of miles from the Middle East southward to central Africa. In addition to their shared tendency to produce unusually fast-moving lava flows, the two volcanoes have an even rarer trait in common. The crater of each has periodically contained a lava lake, a...
Topics: What -- FAST, What -- Crater, What -- Earth
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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 -- Image courtesy NASA GSFC, data from NOAA-GOES
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On 17 May 2000, the first visible image was broadcast by NOAA's GOES-11 satellite, which was launched just 2 weeks earlier. The displayed picture is a greatly reduced version from the full image, which is 164 million pixels (more than 100 screenfuls). The United States is host to more severe weather than any other nation on the planet. Even in mid-May, the storm in the upper midwest dropped 12 inches of snow in Wyoming, 2 inches of hail in Colorado, and spawned tornadoes across Nebraska. For...
Topics: What -- GOES 11, Where -- United States of America, Where -- Wyoming, Where -- Colorado, Where --...
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by NASA -- NASA image created by Jesse Allen, using data obtained from the ladsweb.nascom.nasa.gov/ Goddard Land Processes data archives (LAADS).
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For more than two decades, satellites have been observing seasonal patterns of Earth's vegetation. In eastern North America, the spring ''green up'' is one of the most dramatic changes satellites observe. The panel of images above shows an example of what satellites see each year in the Chesapeake Bay area. In April 2006, the signal from green vegetation was weak (see our earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Library/MeasuringVegetation/ Measuring Vegetation factsheet to learn about how satellites observe...
Topics: What -- Earth, Where -- Chesapeake Bay, Where -- Washington, Where -- Maryland
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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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by NASA -- Astronaut photograph eol.jsc.nasa.gov/scripts/sseop/photo.pl?mission=ISS007&roll=E&frame=10974 ISS007-E-10974 was taken with a Kodak DCS760 digital camera equipped with a 400mm lens and 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...
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The sliver of the setting moon and clouds that shine at night -- noctilucent clouds -- caught the eye of astronaut Ed Lu aboard the International Space Station (ISS) last week. Noctilucent clouds are very high clouds that look like cirrus clouds, but are much higher (75-90 km above the Earth's surface) than clouds that we observe every day. They are optically thin and can only be observed during twilight hours, when the sun is just below the horizon and only shines on the uppermost atmosphere....
Topics: What -- Moon, What -- International Space Station (ISS), What -- Sun, What -- Earth, What -- Polar,...
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by NASA -- Image by Jesse Allen, based on data copyright www.spaceimaging.com/ Space Imaging
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On April 29, 1770, Captain Cook's ship, the Endeavour, sailed into a sheltered bay on Australia's eastern coast, bringing the first Europeans known to have visited the continent. Botany Bay, pictured in the image above, earned its name from the diverse collection of new and unfamiliar botanical specimens described and collected by the expedition's botanist, Sir Joseph Banks. While other portions of Australia were known to Europe by that time, the fertile lands on the east coast were not....
Topics: Where -- Australia, Where -- Sydney, Where -- Pacific Ocean, Where -- California, Where --...
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by NASA -- NASA image created by Jesse Allen, Earth Observatory, using data obtained courtesy of the University of Maryland's glcf.umiacs.umd.edu/index.shtml Global Land Cover Facility .
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When the Pleistocene Ice Age reached its peak around 22,000 years ago, continent-spanning glaciers covered large sections of North America and Eurasia like a sheet. As the Ice Age waned, the glaciers retreated. Occasionally large chunks of ice broke off from the glacier and became surrounded or even buried by soil and rock debris deposited by the melting ice sheet. Eventually, the blocks of ice also melted, leaving behind a depression in the ground. These depressions are called kettles; when...
Topic: What -- Landsat 7
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by NASA -- NASA Earth Observatory images by Robert Simmon, based on data from the NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan asterweb.jpl.nasa.gov/ ASTER Science Team.
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Mining for ore has come a long way in the last century. The above images, taken by the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) aboard NASA's Terra satellite, show copper mines in Iran. The image on top was created from visible and near-infrared wavelengths detected by the satellite instrument. The light grayish blue and tan patches are copper mines, while vegetation is red. The lower image was generated from three of ASTER's short-wave infrared bands. The bright...
Topics: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer, What -- ASTER, What --...
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by NASA -- Images courtesy USGS edc.usgs.gov/ EROS Data Center and the landsat.gsfc.nasa.gov/ Landsat 7 Science Team.
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Topics: What -- Landsat 7, Where -- United States of America, Where -- Los Angeles, Where -- Oregon
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by NASA -- Image courtesty Hinode, JAXA/NASA.
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Vivid orange streamers of super-hot, electrically charged gas (plasma) arc from the surface of the Sun, revealing the structure of the solar solar.physics.montana.edu/YPOP/Spotlight/Magnetic/what.html magnetic field rising vertically from a sunspot. The thin outer surface of the Sun, the corona, is shaped by a complex network of magnetic fields. These magnetic fields are strongest inside sunspots, and their effect on plasma is visible in this image. The gas is drawn along the...
Topics: What -- Sun, What -- Solar Optical Telescope, What -- Hinode, Where -- Washington, Where --...
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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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Korea and the Sea of Japan are obscured by swirls of pollution in this image taken by the Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS) on November 23, 2001.
Topics: Where -- Korea, Where -- Sea of Japan, Where -- Japan
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This mosaic image taken by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, features three nebulae that are part of the giant Orion Molecular Cloud--the Flame nebula, the Horsehead nebula and NGC 2023. Despite its name, there is no fire roaring in the Flame nebula. What makes this nebula shine is the bright blue star seen to the right of the central cloud. This star, Alnitak, is the easternmost star in Orion's belt. Wind and radiation from Alnitak blasts away electrons from the gas in the...
Topics: What -- Explorer, What -- WISE, What -- Orion, What -- ALNITAK, What -- Visible Light
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by NASA -- Image credit: NASA/JPL/GSFC/LaRC, www-misr.jpl.nasa.gov/ MISR Team
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This Multi-angle Imaging Spectroradiometer (MISR) nadir-camera image of Ireland was acquired on May 5, 2000. The location of the town of Armagh in Northern Ireland is marked. Armagh is the site of the 200-year-old Armagh Observatory. The observatory's contributions to astronomical research were recently commemorated by the official naming of two asteroids, ''ArmaghObs'' and ''Ardmacha''. The latter is the ancient Gaelic name for the town, which was founded in 445 A.D. by St. Patrick. The...
Topics: What -- MISR, What -- Earth, Where -- Ireland, Where -- Irish Sea
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by NASA -- Image copyright www.spaceimaging.com/ Space Imaging
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On May 3, 2003, a group of intense supercell thunderstorms spawned multiple tornados that swept across Oklahoma and nearby states. One of the tornados touched down in the town of Moore, just south of Oklahoma City. The path of the tornado is visible in this high-resolution satellite image, acquired by the IKONOS satellite on May 10, 2003. In the center of the tornado's swath homes were totally destroyed. The satellite's...
Topics: Where -- Oklahoma City, Where -- Oklahoma
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A full-scale Orion model recently underwent testing at the Johnson Space Center in an anechoic chamber. Orion's antennas were tested in the chamber, which...
Topics: NASA Image of the Day, What -- Orion, Where -- Johnson Space Center (JSC)
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by NASA -- Image courtesy Suzanne Wetzel, cimss.ssec.wisc.edu/modis1/modis1.html MODIS Atmosphere Group at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Robert Simmon, NASA GSFC
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On February 19, 2001, the Cleveland Volcano erupted explosively, sending a thick plume of smoke and ash high into the atmosphere that was easily visible to overpassing satellites. Mount Cleveland is a 5,675-foot-tall (1,730 meters) stratovolcano on the west side of Chuginadak Island. Chuginadak is a remote, uninhabited island located roughly in the middle of the chain of Aleutian Islands extending westward from the southwestern coast of Alaska. Mount Cleveland is one of the most active...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Alaska
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by NASA -- Image provided by the seawifs.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEAWIFS.html SeaWiFS Project, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and ORBIMAGE
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This true-color image acquired May 4, 2001, by the Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS) reveals a large, thick plume of aerosols blowing eastward over the North Atlantic Ocean. The aerosol plume is the regional haze produced by the industrial northeastern United States that you typically see during the summer months. The haze is composed of sulfates and organics that originate from power plants and automotive sources. It is a little surprising to see this much haze so early in the...
Topics: Where -- North Carolina, Where -- Atlantic Ocean, Where -- United States of America
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=1407