Image from TERRA
Fri, 05 Apr 2019 10:52 EDT

Dozens of fires were burning on Cuba on April 04, 2019, and were detected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Terra satellite.

Image from TERRA
Mon, 01 Apr 2019 11:06 EDT

Kansas has a ritual in the springtime--the annual burning of the tallgrass prairies.

Image from TERRA
Mon, 04 Mar 2019 14:11 EST

Australia's record-breaking summer heat is contributing to the outbreak of bushfires in the Victoria territory.

Terra Instruments

Terra collects data about the Earth’s bio-geochemical and energy systems using five sensors that observe the atmosphere, land surface, oceans, snow and ice, and energy budget. Each sensor has unique features that enable scientists to meet a wide range of science objectives. The five Terra onboard sensors are:

  • ASTER (Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer)
  • CERES (or Clouds and Earth’s Radiant Energy System)
  • MISR (Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer)
  • MODIS (Moderate-resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer)
  • MOPITT (Measurements of Pollution in the Troposphere)

Because all five instruments are on the same satellite making simultaneous observations, scientists are able to compare different aspects of Earth’s characteristics over time.

TERRA Teamwork