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The Home Frontier
Everyone knows that NASA studies space; fewer people know that NASA also studies Earth. Since the agency's creation more than 50 years ago, NASA has been a world leader in space-based studies of our home planet. Our mission has always been to explore, to discover, and to understand the world in which we live from the unique vantage point of space, and to share our newly gained perspectives with the public. That spirit of sharing remains true today as NASA operates 18 of the most advanced Earth-observing satellites ever built, helping scientists make some of the most detailed observations ever made of our world.
What is your vision of what makes NASA Earth Science inspiring? NASA's Earth
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Collections of Earth Imagery
Animations and Visualizations
Nov. 10th, 2021
(updated Feb. 24th, 2023)
This Climate Essentials multimedia gallery brings together the latest and most popular climate-related images, data visualizations and video features from Goddard Space Flight Center. For more multimedia resources on climate and other topics, search the Scientific Visualization Studio. To learn more about NASA's contribution to understanding Earth's climate, visit the Global Climate Change site.
March 4th, 2010
(updated May 31st, 2019)
A collection of data visualizations and imagery for tropical cyclones, including hurricanes and typhoons. For more resources, visit the links below: NASA's Hurricane Page 2018 Hurricane Archive Precipitation Measurement Missions' Extreme Weather Page
March 15th, 2011
(updated Feb. 8th, 2019)
IceBridge, a NASA field campaign currently in its 11th year, is the largest airborne survey of Earth's polar ice ever flown. It will yield an unprecedented three-dimensional view of Arctic and Antarctic ice sheets, ice shelves, and sea ice. These flights provide a yearly, multi-instrument look at the behavior of the rapidly changing features of both Arctic and Antarctic ice. Data collected during IceBridge will help scientists bridge the gap in polar observations between NASA's Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite (ICESat) -- launched in 2003 -- and ICESat-2, launched September 15, 2018. ICESat stopped collecting science data in 2009, making IceBridge critical for ensuring a continuous series of observations. IceBridge uses airborne instruments to map Arctic and Antarctic areas once a year before the spring melt season takes hold. The first IceBridge flights were conducted in March/May 2009 over Greenland and in October/November 2009 over Antarctica. Other smaller airborne surveys around the world are also part of the IceBridge campaign.Photos and HD video clips
Oct. 18th, 2010
(updated Oct. 26th, 2010)
From Oct. 25-28, 2010, scientists from around the world gathered in New Orleans for the second-ever symposium on science born of NASA's "A-Train." The Afternoon Train, or "A-Train," for short, is a constellation of satellites that travel along the same track as they orbit Earth. Four satellites currently fly in the A-Train - Aqua, CloudSat, CALIPSO, and Aura. Three more satellites -- Glory, GCOM-W1, and OCO-2 -- are scheduled to join the configuration in 2011, 2012, and 2013, respectively. This page features a selection of some of the A-Train's "greatest hits" gathered into two sections. The first contains overview materials giving a big-picture look of the A-Train and NASA satellites. The second section contains mostly visualizations featuring a single instrument or instruments on A-Train satellites. (For the purposes of this page, each visual has been labeled with the A-Train data set it was produced from, but keep in mind, visuals are often the product of many data sets from many different satellites.) For more about A-Train constellation science, visit: http://atrain.gsfc.nasa.gov/ And for more information on the symposium: http://a-train-neworleans2010.larc.nasa.gov/