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Central America on Fire

The whole of Central America has been captured on fire in this image from April 23, 2015 by the Aqua satellite.

Calbuco Volcano Erupts

On April 22, 2015, Cabulco volcano in southern Chilé began erupting for the first time since 1972.

NASA Unveils Celestial Fireworks as Official Image for Hubble 25th Anniversary

The brilliant tapestry of young stars flaring to life resemble a glittering fireworks display in the 25th anniversary NASA Hubble Space Telescope image.

Hubble Memorable Moments: Powering Down

Hubble Memorable Moments: Powering Down, describes replacing the Power Control Unit during Hubble Servicing Mission 3B in March, 2002.

EARTH DAY - Show NASA How There’s #NoPlaceLikeHome

This Earth Day, April 22, NASA is asking you to share pictures and video of your favorite places on Earth using social media – and tag them #NoPlaceLikeHome.

NASA GISS to Help Lead Search For Habitable Exoplanets

NASA announced the creation of the Nexus for Exoplanet Systems Science network that will study planets beyond our solar system for habitability, tapping the expertise of researchers at GISS and GSFC.

NASA's ISS-RapidScat Wind Data Proving Valuable for Tropical Cyclones

The ISS-RapidScat instrument has been in orbit seven months, and forecasters are already finding this new eye-in-the-sky helpful as they keep watch on major storms around the globe.

A Sky View of Earth From Suomi NPP

This composite image of southern Africa and the surrounding oceans was captured by six orbits of the NASA/NOAA Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership spacecraft on April 9, 2015.

Adam P. Voiland – Observing—And Writing About—Earth from Above

NASA Earth Observatory writer and social media manager Adam P. Voiland balances technical detail with readability.

Fires in the Yucatan Peninsula April 2015

Dozens of red hot spots cover Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.

Red Skies in U.S. Pacific Northwest Caused by Smoke from Siberian Fires

Smoke from fires burning in Siberia have generated a lot of smoke that is causing reddish sunsets in the U.S. Pacific Northwest.

Building Hubble's Successor: Crucial Pathfinder Test Set Up Inside Chamber A

Inside NASA's giant thermal vacuum chamber, Chamber A, at NASA's Johnson Space Center, the James Webb Space Telescope's Pathfinder backplane test model, is being prepared for its cryogenic test.

Western Australia's Prescribed Fires Burn

The Aqua satellite has detected several dozens fires blazing in Western Australia near Perth.

Siberian Fires Continue

In April 2015, unusually warm temperatures and strong winds turned the tradition into raging out of control fires.

Fires in Vietnam

Widespread agricultural burning continues throughout Vietnam.

Winter Blooms in the Arabian Sea

Winter is the prime season to see filaments of phytoplankton twist and curl amid the Arabian Sea.

Warm Water and Strange Weather May Be Connected

The weather in North America, particularly in winter, has been unusually extreme for much of the past two years.

Team Commemorates the End of the TRMM Mission

Representatives of the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission team gathered on April 15 at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, to commemorate the end of the mission.

Return to Everest

At approximately 6:45 a.m. on April 18, 2014, a block of ice tumbled from the edge of a hanging glacier onto a popular climbing route on the south face of Mount Everest.

NASA, USGS Begin Work on Landsat 9 to Continue Land Imaging Legacy

NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have started work on Landsat 9, planned to launch in 2023, which will extend the Earth-observing program’s record of land images to half a century.

Death of Giant Galaxies Spreads from the Core

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and ESO's Very Large Telescope revealed 3 billion years after the Big Bang, "dead galaxies", still made stars on their outskirts, but no longer in their interiors.

NASA ER-2 Completes Suomi-NPP Arctic Validation Mission

NASA’s high-altitude ER-2 aircraft completed a series of validation flights last month in support of the Earth-observing NASA/NOAA Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership satellite, or Suomi NPP.

Fires Surround Tonle Sap Lake in Cambodia

Fires surround the Tonle Sap Lake in Cambodia just north of Phnom Penh.

Ramping Up For Johnson's Chamber A Test

Looking out from inside the enormous mouth of NASA's giant thermal vacuum chamber, called Chamber A, the test model of the James Webb Space Telescope's backplane is seen sliding in on the rails.

NASA Celebrates Earth Day with Public Events, Online Activities

NASA will celebrate the 45th annual Earth Day April 17-22 with a variety of live and online activities to engage the public in the agency’s mission to better understand and protect our home planet.
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