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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.
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.

NASA Soil Moisture Mission Produces First Global Radar Map

This photo shows the Optical PAyload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS) being installed in SpaceX's Dragon capsule prior to launching on April 18, 2014.
This photo shows the Optical PAyload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS) being installed in SpaceX's Dragon capsule prior to launching on April 18, 2014.

OPALS Installation

This nighttime thermal infrared image from NASA's Terra spacecraft shows Shiveluch volcano, one of the largest and most active volcanoes in Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula; the bright, hot summit lava dome is evident in the center of the image.
This nighttime thermal infrared image from NASA's Terra spacecraft shows Shiveluch volcano, one of the largest and most active volcanoes in Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula; the bright, hot summit lava dome is evident in the center of the image.

NASA Spacecraft Captures Fury of Russian Volcano

NASA's Aqua spacecraft has illustrated surface air and skin temperature for the period from July 16-24, showing movement of a dome of heat across the eastern two-thirds of the country. See More Details for the movies.
NASA's Aqua spacecraft has illustrated surface air and skin temperature for the period from July 16-24, showing movement of a dome of heat across the eastern two-thirds of the country. See More Details for the movies.

NASA AIRS Movies Show Evolution of U.S. 2011 Heat Wave

This nadir camera view was captured by NASA's Terra spacecraft around Kruger National Park in NE South Africa. The bright white feature is the Palabora Copper Mine, and the water body near upper right is Lake Massingir in Mozambique.
This nadir camera view was captured by NASA's Terra spacecraft around Kruger National Park in NE South Africa. The bright white feature is the Palabora Copper Mine, and the water body near upper right is Lake Massingir in Mozambique.

NASA's MISR Views Kruger National Park

From April 25-28, 2011, one of the largest outbreaks of tornadoes ever recorded ripped across the Southern, Midwestern and Eastern United States. NASA's Terra spacecraft shows the scar the tornado left across Birmingham, Alabama.
From April 25-28, 2011, one of the largest outbreaks of tornadoes ever recorded ripped across the Southern, Midwestern and Eastern United States. NASA's Terra spacecraft shows the scar the tornado left across Birmingham, Alabama.

ASTER Images Aftermath of U.S. Tornado Outbreak

The first Norse settlement of Greenland was at Brattahlid (now Qassiarsuk), as shown in this image captured by NASA's Terra spacecraft.
The first Norse settlement of Greenland was at Brattahlid (now Qassiarsuk), as shown in this image captured by NASA's Terra spacecraft.

Qassiarsuk, Greenland

This image from NASA's Terra spacecraft shows the town of Kirkenes in northernmost Norway, with its 3400 inhabitants, as they prepare for an expected boom as a shipping hub, as global warming has led to the opening up of the Northern Sea Route.
This image from NASA's Terra spacecraft shows the town of Kirkenes in northernmost Norway, with its 3400 inhabitants, as they prepare for an expected boom as a shipping hub, as global warming has led to the opening up of the Northern Sea Route.

Kirkenes, Norway

This frame from an animation depicts the distribution of O3 and CO in the atmosphere over North America. This visualization is based on data acquired by NASA's Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer (TES).
This frame from an animation depicts the distribution of O3 and CO in the atmosphere over North America. This visualization is based on data acquired by NASA's Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer (TES).

O3 and CO Transects over North America

This image shows a region of the sea floor off the coast of northwest Greenland mapped as part of NASA's Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG) mission. The data shown here will be used to understand the pathways by which warm water can reach glacier edges.
This image shows a region of the sea floor off the coast of northwest Greenland mapped as part of NASA's Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG) mission. The data shown here will be used to understand the pathways by which warm water can reach glacier edges.

NASA's OMG Mission Maps Sea Floor Depth off Greenland's Coast

This map created with data from the AIRS on NASA's Aqua satellite shows the concentration of carbon dioxide in Earth's mid-troposphere, located roughly between 3 to 6 miles (5 to 9 kilometers) in altitude.
This map created with data from the AIRS on NASA's Aqua satellite shows the concentration of carbon dioxide in Earth's mid-troposphere, located roughly between 3 to 6 miles (5 to 9 kilometers) in altitude.

Carbon Dioxide in Earth's Mid-Troposphere, April 2013 Monthly Average

NASA's Terra spacecraft captured this image of the growing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on May 1, 2010. On April 20, 2010, an explosion destroyed the Deepwater Horizon oil platform operating offshore in the Gulf of Mexico.
NASA's Terra spacecraft captured this image of the growing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on May 1, 2010. On April 20, 2010, an explosion destroyed the Deepwater Horizon oil platform operating offshore in the Gulf of Mexico.

ASTER Views the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill in Infrared (May 1)

NASA's CloudSat flew east of Hurricane Matthew's center on Oct. 6 at 11:30 a.m. PDT (2:30 p.m. EDT), intersecting parts of Matthew's outer rain bands and revealing Matthew's anvil clouds.
NASA's CloudSat flew east of Hurricane Matthew's center on Oct. 6 at 11:30 a.m. PDT (2:30 p.m. EDT), intersecting parts of Matthew's outer rain bands and revealing Matthew's anvil clouds.

CloudSat Takes a 3D Slice of Hurricane Matthew

NASA's Terra spacecraft captured Kuwait's Failaka Island, located 50 km southeast of the spot where the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers empty into the Persian Gulf.
NASA's Terra spacecraft captured Kuwait's Failaka Island, located 50 km southeast of the spot where the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers empty into the Persian Gulf.

Failaka Island, Kuwait

NASA's SMAP radiometer instrument measured Hurricane Matthew's wind speeds at 4:52 a.m. PDT (7:52 a.m. EDT) at up to 132 miles per hour (59 meters per second).
NASA's SMAP radiometer instrument measured Hurricane Matthew's wind speeds at 4:52 a.m. PDT (7:52 a.m. EDT) at up to 132 miles per hour (59 meters per second).

SMAP Takes a New Measure of Hurricane Matthew's Winds

These before-and-after LIDAR images from the 2014 King fire show an area on the west side of the Rubicon River where fire damage was severe.
These before-and-after LIDAR images from the 2014 King fire show an area on the west side of the Rubicon River where fire damage was severe.

Before-and-After LIDAR Images from 2014 King Fire in El Dorado National Forest

This artist's concept shows Surrogate, a robot that could one day assist in disasters or hazardous situations such as a dangerous chemical laboratory.
This artist's concept shows Surrogate, a robot that could one day assist in disasters or hazardous situations such as a dangerous chemical laboratory.

Surrogate Poster (Artist's Concept)

A magnitude 5.8 earthquake in Mineral, Va. was widely felt up and down the East Coast of the United States. This computer model is a QuakeSim model image overlaid on a Google Earth image.
A magnitude 5.8 earthquake in Mineral, Va. was widely felt up and down the East Coast of the United States. This computer model is a QuakeSim model image overlaid on a Google Earth image.

Computer Model Estimates Permanent Ground Motions from the Aug. 23, 2011 Magnitude 5.8 Virginia Earthquake

The latest image of Pacific Ocean sea surface heights from the NASA's OSTIM/Jason-2 oceanography satellite, on June 11, 2010, shows that Pacific has switched from warm (red) to cold (blue) during the last few months.
The latest image of Pacific Ocean sea surface heights from the NASA's OSTIM/Jason-2 oceanography satellite, on June 11, 2010, shows that Pacific has switched from warm (red) to cold (blue) during the last few months.

La Niña's Exit Leaves Climate Forecasts in Limbo

On Oct. 23, 2011, a magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck eastern Turkey, near the city of Van, the result of the collision between the Arabian and Eurasian tectonic plates. Turkey is a tectonically active country, experiencing frequent devastating earthquakes.
On Oct. 23, 2011, a magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck eastern Turkey, near the city of Van, the result of the collision between the Arabian and Eurasian tectonic plates. Turkey is a tectonically active country, experiencing frequent devastating earthquakes.

NASA Images Topography of Quake-Stricken Eastern Turkey

NASA's Terra spacecraft acquired this image of the Republic of Seychelles, an island country with an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean.
NASA's Terra spacecraft acquired this image of the Republic of Seychelles, an island country with an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean.

Republic of Seychelles

On Oct. 25, 2011, the Chao Phraya River was in flood stage as NASA's Terra spacecraft imaged flooded agricultural fields and villages depicted here in dark blue, and the sediment-laden water in shades of tan.
On Oct. 25, 2011, the Chao Phraya River was in flood stage as NASA's Terra spacecraft imaged flooded agricultural fields and villages depicted here in dark blue, and the sediment-laden water in shades of tan.

NASA Spacecraft Images Continued Thailand Flooding

This image, captured by NASA's Terra spacecraft on July 28, 2016, shows The Soberanes fire, in northern California near Big Sur.
This image, captured by NASA's Terra spacecraft on July 28, 2016, shows The Soberanes fire, in northern California near Big Sur.

Destructive Wildfire Near Big Sur, California. Captured NASA's Terra Satellite

Cumulative total freshwater losses in North Africa and the Middle East from 2002 to 2015 (in inches) observed by NASA's GRACE mission. Total water refers to all of the snow, surface water, soil water and groundwater combined.
Cumulative total freshwater losses in North Africa and the Middle East from 2002 to 2015 (in inches) observed by NASA's GRACE mission. Total water refers to all of the snow, surface water, soil water and groundwater combined.

Cumulative Total Middle East/North Africa Freshwater Losses as Seen by NASA's GRACE, 2002-15

NASA's Terra spacecraft has spied a rift in Antarctica's Larsen C ice shelf, grown to 110 miles long, making it inevitable that an iceberg larger than Rhode Island will soon calve from the ice shelf.
NASA's Terra spacecraft has spied a rift in Antarctica's Larsen C ice shelf, grown to 110 miles long, making it inevitable that an iceberg larger than Rhode Island will soon calve from the ice shelf.

NASA's MISR Tracks Growth of Rift in the Larsen C Ice Shelf

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