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Western Australia Experiencing Bushfire Outbreak

NASA's Suomi NPP satellite collected this natural-color image of fires in Western Australia using the VIIRS instrument on March 16, 2018.

Westernmost Part of Russia Experiencing Large Fire Outbreak

The Suomi NPP satellite captured this image of dozens of hot spots scattered throughout the Kaliningrad Oblast, Russia landscape which is the westernmost point of Russia.

The Sculpting of Ebro Delta

ust over 200 kilometers (120 miles) southwest of Barcelona, Spain’s largest river meets the Mediterranean Sea and creates the Ebro Delta.

Sarawak’s Rajang River Delta

In Sarawak, rivers stem from rivers stemming from even larger rivers. The snake-like nature and sharp turns of these waterways resemble a painting when viewed from space.

Ethiopia’s Sanetti Plateau

he Bale range in Africa is made up of mountains built upon mountains. Formed tens of millions of years ago by successive outpourings of lava, the Sanetti Plateau towers over southeastern Ethiopia,

Old Europe Meets the New World

It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the Americas, and the one that still feels closest to its roots. Some people refer to it as the “most European city in North America.”

Celebrating 60 Years of Groundbreaking U.S. Space Science

Sixty years ago, the U.S. launched Explorer 1, rocketing into the Space Age.

Explorer 1: The Beginning of American Space Science

Sixty years ago, the hopes of Cold War America soared into the night sky as a rocket lofted skyward above Cape Canaveral, a soon-to-be-famous barrier island off the Florida coast.

Agricultural Fires in Africa Stretch the Whole of the Continent

The VIIRS instrument on the Suomi NPP satellite collected this image which detected hundreds upon hundreds of fires burning in Central Africa. Most likely these fires are agricultural in nature.

NASA Goddard Year in Review - 2017

A look back at 2017 at NASA Goddard.

NASA Shows New Tongan Island Made of Tuff Stuff, Likely to Persist Years

The new analysis of its first 30 months from satellite observations now offers insight into how long it may last and the processes that govern new island formation and destruction.

New NASA Insights into the Secret Lives of Plants

NASA will take a new look at vegetation in the next few years with several unique instruments in space. The missions will help scientists investigate the role of plants in Earth's global carbon and wa

From Microscopic to Multicellular: Six Stories of Life that NASA Sees from Space

Scientists have use satellites to understand how life flourishes and fades on our planet. These selected visual stories of bacteria, plants, land animals, sea creatures and birds show what a view from space can reveal.

The Changing Colors of our Living Planet

While NASA began monitoring life on land in the 1970s with the Landsat satellites, this fall marks 20 years since the space agency has continuously observed plant life at the surface of both the land and ocean.

A Very Human Landscape in China

The landscape of the Shandong Peninsula in eastern China has been transformed into one that is intensely sculpted by human activity.

Looking at the Moon to Better See Earth

On August 5, 2017, Terra made a partial somersault, rotating its field of view away from Earth to briefly look at the Moon and deep space.

NASA Airborne Mission Returns to Africa to Study Smoke, Clouds

NASA's P-3 research plane begins flights this month through both clouds and smoke over the South Atlantic Ocean.

Mackenzie Meets Beaufort

The Mackenzie River is the leading source of freshwater flowing into the Arctic Ocean. It's also a leading source of sediment flowing into that basin.

Early Airborne Results Address South Korean Air Quality

For six weeks in the summer of 2016 scientists from the United States and the Republic of Korea intensively studied air pollution over the Korean peninsula.

Visualization Theater Renamed for Longtime Collaborator Piers Sellers

Renaming the Data Exploration Theater is a fitting tribute to the late scientist, astronaut, and science manager whose collaborations with the NCCS and related organizations spanned decades.

Goddard Hosts 8th Annual Science Jamboree for Employees

The Goddard Office of Communications and the Goddard Sciences and Exploration Directorate produced the eighth annual Science Jamboree on Wednesday, July 12, 2017.

NASA Detects Drop in Global Fires

The transition from nomadic cultures to settled lifestyles and intensifying agriculture has led to a steep drop not only in the use of fire on local lands, but in the prevalence of fires worldwide.

NASA Citizen Science App Tackles Mosquito-Borne Disease

NASA has introduced the Mosquito Habitat Mapper as part of its GLOBE Observer app available for iPhone and Android. The app includes training, making it easy for anyone to use.

Where Tectonic Plates Go for a Swim

There is an obvious difference between the dark green coniferous forests that dominate the western shore of Tomales Bay and the lighter green grasslands on the east side.

Tracking the Hide-and-Seek Game Between Beaches and Tides

Using 28 years of Landsat data, an Australian research team has created an intertidal zone map for the entire Australian coast—some 50,000 kilometers (30,000 miles).
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