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NASA's Terra satellite captured this image of the Great Wall of China in the northern Shanxi Province on January 9, 2001.
NASA's Terra satellite captured this image of the Great Wall of China in the northern Shanxi Province on January 9, 2001.

Great Wall of China

This image, acquired 11-05-2007 by NASA's Terra spacecraft, shows the city of Chateaubriant, France, surrounded by very old farmsteads. The surrounding countryside presents an interesting pattern of randomly oriented, small individual farmsteads.
This image, acquired 11-05-2007 by NASA's Terra spacecraft, shows the city of Chateaubriant, France, surrounded by very old farmsteads. The surrounding countryside presents an interesting pattern of randomly oriented, small individual farmsteads.

Chateaubriant, France

This image, from NASA's Terra spacecraft, was acquired May 1, 2010. An explosion destroyed the Deepwater Horizon oil platform operating in the offshore in Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010.
This image, from NASA's Terra spacecraft, was acquired May 1, 2010. An explosion destroyed the Deepwater Horizon oil platform operating in the offshore in Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010.

ASTER Images Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

This artist's rendition shows the Optical PAyload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS) operating from the International Space Station. OPALS was launched to the station from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on April 18, 2014.
This artist's rendition shows the Optical PAyload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS) operating from the International Space Station. OPALS was launched to the station from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on April 18, 2014.

OPALS on the ISS (Artist's Concept)

The Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer instrument aboard NASA's Terra spacecraft captured this image of the Rio Tinto river in southwestern Spain which originates in the Sierra Morena mountains of Andalusia.
The Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer instrument aboard NASA's Terra spacecraft captured this image of the Rio Tinto river in southwestern Spain which originates in the Sierra Morena mountains of Andalusia.

Rio Tinto, Spain

On Nov. 5, 2015, a dam at an iron-ore mine in southeastern Brazil burst, sending a wall of water, clay-red mud and debris downstream, overwhelming several villages in the path as seen by NASA's Terra spacecraft.
On Nov. 5, 2015, a dam at an iron-ore mine in southeastern Brazil burst, sending a wall of water, clay-red mud and debris downstream, overwhelming several villages in the path as seen by NASA's Terra spacecraft.

Flooding at Iron-Ore Mine, SE Brazil

Baikonur, formerly Leninsk, is a city in Kazakhstan rented and administered by the Russian Federation to service the Baikonur Cosmodrome where Sputnik launched in 1957. This image was acquired by NASA's Terra spacecraft.
Baikonur, formerly Leninsk, is a city in Kazakhstan rented and administered by the Russian Federation to service the Baikonur Cosmodrome where Sputnik launched in 1957. This image was acquired by NASA's Terra spacecraft.

Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

NASA's Terra spacecraft captured this image of the growing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on May 7, 2010. The thickest parts of the oil spill appear as dark grey, filamentous masses in the southern part of the image, extending off of the bottom.
NASA's Terra spacecraft captured this image of the growing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on May 7, 2010. The thickest parts of the oil spill appear as dark grey, filamentous masses in the southern part of the image, extending off of the bottom.

ASTER Views the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill in Infrared (May 7)

A protected area within the Nasca World Heritage Site in Peru that has experienced apparent disturbance between two different observations by NASA's Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Synthetic Aperture Radar (UAVSAR).
A protected area within the Nasca World Heritage Site in Peru that has experienced apparent disturbance between two different observations by NASA's Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Synthetic Aperture Radar (UAVSAR).

Disturbance on Dirt Roads Crossing Peru's Nasca World Heritage Site seen by NASA's UAVSAR

This image from NASA's Terra spacecraft shows North Stradbroke Island, 30 km southeast of Brisbane, Australia, one of the largest sand islands in the world.
This image from NASA's Terra spacecraft shows North Stradbroke Island, 30 km southeast of Brisbane, Australia, one of the largest sand islands in the world.

North Stradbroke Island, Australia

The ASTER instrument onboard Terra's spacecraft imaged the toxic sludge spill in Hungary on Oct. 11, 2010. A million cubic meters (35 million cubic feet) of red sludge spilled from a reservoir at an alumina plant in Ajka in western Hungary.
The ASTER instrument onboard Terra's spacecraft imaged the toxic sludge spill in Hungary on Oct. 11, 2010. A million cubic meters (35 million cubic feet) of red sludge spilled from a reservoir at an alumina plant in Ajka in western Hungary.

ASTER Images Hungary Toxic Sludge Spill

This image from NASA's Aqua spacecraft shows how surface emissivity -- how efficiently Earth's surface radiates heat -- changed in several regions of Pakistan over a 32-day period between July 11 (pre-flood) and August 12 (post-flood).
This image from NASA's Aqua spacecraft shows how surface emissivity -- how efficiently Earth's surface radiates heat -- changed in several regions of Pakistan over a 32-day period between July 11 (pre-flood) and August 12 (post-flood).

NASA's AIRS Detects Extent of Pakistan Flooding

This is an image of the southern portion of the Baja California Peninsula taken by NASA's EarthKAM on February 12, 2000. The Pacific Ocean lies to the west and the Gulf of California to the east.
This is an image of the southern portion of the Baja California Peninsula taken by NASA's EarthKAM on February 12, 2000. The Pacific Ocean lies to the west and the Gulf of California to the east.

Southern tip of Baja California, Mexico

NASA's ISS-RapidScat passed over Hurricane Patricia at about 3:00 AM GMT on Oct. 23, 2015. A Hurricane Warning was in effect from San Blas to Punta San Telmo.
NASA's ISS-RapidScat passed over Hurricane Patricia at about 3:00 AM GMT on Oct. 23, 2015. A Hurricane Warning was in effect from San Blas to Punta San Telmo.

Hurricane Patricia Viewed by NASA's ISS-RapidScat

These maps of global soil moisture were created using data from the radiometer instrument on NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory. Evident are regions of increased soil moisture and flooding during April, 2015.
These maps of global soil moisture were created using data from the radiometer instrument on NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory. Evident are regions of increased soil moisture and flooding during April, 2015.

SMAP's Radiometer Captures Views of Global Soil Moisture

With its antenna now spinning at full speed, NASA's new Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory has successfully re-tested its science instruments and generated its first global maps, a key step to beginning routine science operations in May, 2015
With its antenna now spinning at full speed, NASA's new Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory has successfully re-tested its science instruments and generated its first global maps, a key step to beginning routine science operations in May, 2015

NASA Soil Moisture Mission Produces First Global Radiometer Map

Middle school students across the country photographed the fires and smoke over southern Sumatra from a camera aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis September 27, 1997.
Middle school students across the country photographed the fires and smoke over southern Sumatra from a camera aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis September 27, 1997.

Mosaic Image of Fires in Indonesia

Byrd Glacier is a major glacier in Antarctica; it drains an extensive area of the polar plateau and flows eastward between the Britannia Range and the Churchill Mountains to discharge into the Ross Ice Shelf. This image is from NASA's Terra satellite.
Byrd Glacier is a major glacier in Antarctica; it drains an extensive area of the polar plateau and flows eastward between the Britannia Range and the Churchill Mountains to discharge into the Ross Ice Shelf. This image is from NASA's Terra satellite.

Byrd Glacier, Antarctica

This image, acquired by NASA's Terra spacecraft, shows the Cordoba province of northern Argentina, struck by wildfires caused by high temperatures and strong winds.
This image, acquired by NASA's Terra spacecraft, shows the Cordoba province of northern Argentina, struck by wildfires caused by high temperatures and strong winds.

NASA Spacecraft Images Destructive Argentine Wildfire

Acquired by NASA's Terra spacecraft on in 2011, this image shows the Wadi As-Sirhan Basin in northwest Saudi Arabia, which has been steadily developing agricultural fields using center pivot irrigation by tapping into fossil ground water.
Acquired by NASA's Terra spacecraft on in 2011, this image shows the Wadi As-Sirhan Basin in northwest Saudi Arabia, which has been steadily developing agricultural fields using center pivot irrigation by tapping into fossil ground water.

Wadi As-Sirhan, Saudi Arabia

In the desert of southern Kuwait, three oil fields spread out across the empty landscape as seen by NASA's Terra spacecraft.
In the desert of southern Kuwait, three oil fields spread out across the empty landscape as seen by NASA's Terra spacecraft.

Kuwait Oil Fields

An engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., checks the evenness of sole plates installed on the giant
An engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., checks the evenness of sole plates installed on the giant

Checking for Even Surfaces

NASA's Aqua satellite captured an infrared image of the storms on April 16, 2011 showing very cold, high cloud tops of the strong thunderstorms that spawned tornadoes in North Carolina and Virginia.
NASA's Aqua satellite captured an infrared image of the storms on April 16, 2011 showing very cold, high cloud tops of the strong thunderstorms that spawned tornadoes in North Carolina and Virginia.

NASA's AIRS Instrument Images April 16, 2011 Severe Storm/Tornado Outbreak

This image from NASA's Terra spacecraft shows Moscow, the capital city of Russia, the northernmost megacity in the world, the most populous in Europe, and with a population of over 11,000,000, the 6th largest city proper in the world.
This image from NASA's Terra spacecraft shows Moscow, the capital city of Russia, the northernmost megacity in the world, the most populous in Europe, and with a population of over 11,000,000, the 6th largest city proper in the world.

Moscow, Russia

NASA's ISS-RapidScat instrument on the International Space Station provided a look at the strong winds that led to coastal flooding in southern New Jersey during the historic winter storm that blanketed much of the U.S. East Coast, starting Jan. 23, 2016.
NASA's ISS-RapidScat instrument on the International Space Station provided a look at the strong winds that led to coastal flooding in southern New Jersey during the historic winter storm that blanketed much of the U.S. East Coast, starting Jan. 23, 2016.

Winter Storm Winds in Southern New Jersey, as Viewed by ISS-RapidScat

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