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This image from the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) instrument on NASA's Terra satellite covers an area of 55 by 40 kilometers (34 by 25 miles) over the southwest part of the Malaspina Glacier and Icy Bay in Alaska.
This image from the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) instrument on NASA's Terra satellite covers an area of 55 by 40 kilometers (34 by 25 miles) over the southwest part of the Malaspina Glacier and Icy Bay in Alaska.

Malaspina Glacier, Alaska

NASA's Terra spacecraft shows the Rub' al Khali, one of the largest sand deserts in the world, encompassing most of the southern third of the Arabian Peninsula; it includes parts of Oman, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.
NASA's Terra spacecraft shows the Rub' al Khali, one of the largest sand deserts in the world, encompassing most of the southern third of the Arabian Peninsula; it includes parts of Oman, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.

Rub' al Khali, Arabia

RoboSimian, a limbed robot developed by engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, competed in the DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials in Florida in December 2013.
RoboSimian, a limbed robot developed by engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, competed in the DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials in Florida in December 2013.

RoboSimian's Inner Workings

The Great Barrier Reef extends for 2,000 kilometers along the northeastern coast of Australia. It is not a single reef, but a vast maze of reefs, passages, and coral cays (islands that are part of the reef).
The Great Barrier Reef extends for 2,000 kilometers along the northeastern coast of Australia. It is not a single reef, but a vast maze of reefs, passages, and coral cays (islands that are part of the reef).

Australia's Great Barrier Reef

The Wilkins Ice Shelf, as seen by NASA's Terra spacecraft, on the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula, experienced multiple disintegration events in 2008.
The Wilkins Ice Shelf, as seen by NASA's Terra spacecraft, on the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula, experienced multiple disintegration events in 2008.

Wilkins Ice Shelf

Northern Arizona is best known for the Grand Canyon. Less widely known are the hundreds of geologically young volcanoes, at least one of which buried the homes of local residents. This image was acquired by NASA's Terra spacecraft.
Northern Arizona is best known for the Grand Canyon. Less widely known are the hundreds of geologically young volcanoes, at least one of which buried the homes of local residents. This image was acquired by NASA's Terra spacecraft.

Northern Arizona Volcanoes

Large plumes of smoke rising from devastating wildfires burning near Los Angeles and San Diego on Sunday, October 26, 2003, are highlighted in this set of images from NASA's Terra spacecraft.
Large plumes of smoke rising from devastating wildfires burning near Los Angeles and San Diego on Sunday, October 26, 2003, are highlighted in this set of images from NASA's Terra spacecraft.

Wildfires Rage in Southern California

The MISR instrument aboard NASA's Terra spacecraft captured this stereo image of Russia's Volga River, the largest river system in Europe. 3D glasses are necessary to view this image.
The MISR instrument aboard NASA's Terra spacecraft captured this stereo image of Russia's Volga River, the largest river system in Europe. 3D glasses are necessary to view this image.

Volga Delta and the Caspian Sea

The city of Calcutta, India appears in this 24 by 34 km (15 by 21 mile) sub-scene, acquired March 29, 2000 by NASA's Terra satellite.
The city of Calcutta, India appears in this 24 by 34 km (15 by 21 mile) sub-scene, acquired March 29, 2000 by NASA's Terra satellite.

Calcutta

This image of Saudi Arabia shows a great sea of linear dunes in part of the Rub' al Khali, or the Empty Quarter. Acquired on June 25, 2000 by NASA's Terra satellite.
This image of Saudi Arabia shows a great sea of linear dunes in part of the Rub' al Khali, or the Empty Quarter. Acquired on June 25, 2000 by NASA's Terra satellite.

ASTER Dunes

This visualization of a gravity model was created with data from NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment and shows variations in the gravity field across Africa and Europe.
This visualization of a gravity model was created with data from NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment and shows variations in the gravity field across Africa and Europe.

Global Gravity: Africa and Europe

NASA's CloudSat satellite captured an eye overpass of Super Typhoon Choi-Wan in the Western Pacific on September 15, 2009 at 0352Z.
NASA's CloudSat satellite captured an eye overpass of Super Typhoon Choi-Wan in the Western Pacific on September 15, 2009 at 0352Z.

CloudSat Peers Into the Heart of a Super Typhoon

This stereoscopic shaded relief image from NASA's Shuttle Radar Topography Mission shows Africa's topography. Also shown are Madagascar, the Arabian Peninsula, and other adjacent regions. 3D glasses are necessary to view this image.
This stereoscopic shaded relief image from NASA's Shuttle Radar Topography Mission shows Africa's topography. Also shown are Madagascar, the Arabian Peninsula, and other adjacent regions. 3D glasses are necessary to view this image.

Africa in SRTM 3-D, Anaglyph of Shaded Relief

Brightness variations in the terrain along a portion of southwestern Africa are displayed in these views from NASA's Terra spacecraft.
Brightness variations in the terrain along a portion of southwestern Africa are displayed in these views from NASA's Terra spacecraft.

Seasonal Surface Changes in Namibia and Central Angola

Sea ice in the Beaufort Sea off the north coast of Alaska was classified and mapped in these concurrent images acquired March 19, 2001 by NASA's Terra spacecraft.
Sea ice in the Beaufort Sea off the north coast of Alaska was classified and mapped in these concurrent images acquired March 19, 2001 by NASA's Terra spacecraft.

Ice Types in the Beaufort Sea, Alaska

The Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) instrument on NASA's Terra satellite captured this Aug. 30 image of smoke plumes from the Station and other wildfires burning throughout Southern California.
The Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) instrument on NASA's Terra satellite captured this Aug. 30 image of smoke plumes from the Station and other wildfires burning throughout Southern California.

Smoke from Station Fire Blankets Southern California

NASA' satellite CloudSat captured an extraordinary eye overpass of a category 4 Hurricane Bill on August 19, 2009 at 1720 UTC (1220 EDT). Bill's maximum sustained winds are 132 mph (115 knots) with a central pressure of 947 mb.
NASA' satellite CloudSat captured an extraordinary eye overpass of a category 4 Hurricane Bill on August 19, 2009 at 1720 UTC (1220 EDT). Bill's maximum sustained winds are 132 mph (115 knots) with a central pressure of 947 mb.

Hurricane Bill Eye Overpass

This vertical profile view from the Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer (TES) instrument on NASA's Aura satellite depicts the distribution of water vapor molecules over Earth's tropics across one transect of the satellite's orbit on January 6, 2006.
This vertical profile view from the Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer (TES) instrument on NASA's Aura satellite depicts the distribution of water vapor molecules over Earth's tropics across one transect of the satellite's orbit on January 6, 2006.

A NASA Space Sleuth Hunts the Trail of Earth's Water

This composite image depicts the moon's rugged south polar region in two lights. The color image is the highest resolution topography map to date of the moon's south pole.
This composite image depicts the moon's rugged south polar region in two lights. The color image is the highest resolution topography map to date of the moon's south pole.

Moon's Rugged South Polar Region Composite

This image is a false-color composite of three channels of the UAVSAR polarimetric data acquired over the San Andreas Fault west of San Mateo, California.
This image is a false-color composite of three channels of the UAVSAR polarimetric data acquired over the San Andreas Fault west of San Mateo, California.

Scientists Search for a Pulse in Skies Above Earthquake Country

Chaiten Volcano, Chile continues to erupt after first exploding in May 2008 following about 9,000 years of inactivity. This image from NASA's Terra spacecraft shows vegetation in red. You can clearly see the extent of the plume.
Chaiten Volcano, Chile continues to erupt after first exploding in May 2008 following about 9,000 years of inactivity. This image from NASA's Terra spacecraft shows vegetation in red. You can clearly see the extent of the plume.

Volcano Chaiten, Chile

Wildfires are a recurring natural hazard faced by Californians. In Santa Barbara County, a wildfire, called the Jesusita fire, ignited on May 5, 2009 in the Cathedral Peak area northwest of Mission Canyon.
Wildfires are a recurring natural hazard faced by Californians. In Santa Barbara County, a wildfire, called the Jesusita fire, ignited on May 5, 2009 in the Cathedral Peak area northwest of Mission Canyon.

Disaster Management: Rapid Dry-Up of Rainwater on Land Surface Leading to the Santa Barbara Wildfire

Grand Turk Island is an island in the Turks and Caicos Islands in the Caribbean, and contains the territory’s capital, Cockburn Town. NASA's Terra spacecraft acquired this image on September 18, 2001.
Grand Turk Island is an island in the Turks and Caicos Islands in the Caribbean, and contains the territory’s capital, Cockburn Town. NASA's Terra spacecraft acquired this image on September 18, 2001.

Grand Turk Island

This image acquired by NASA's Terra spacecraft on March 6, 2009, shows early March eruptions of Karymsky volcano on Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula left the usually white snow a gray ashy color.
This image acquired by NASA's Terra spacecraft on March 6, 2009, shows early March eruptions of Karymsky volcano on Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula left the usually white snow a gray ashy color.

Karymsky Volcano, Kamchatka

The north coast of the Island of Hokkaido, Japan lies at the southern end of the Sea of Okhotsk. NASA's Terra spacecraft acquired this image on February 11, 2009.
The north coast of the Island of Hokkaido, Japan lies at the southern end of the Sea of Okhotsk. NASA's Terra spacecraft acquired this image on February 11, 2009.

Hokkaido, Japan

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