Image from TERRA
Wed, 10 Oct 2018 13:03 EDT

More than 400 miles above Earth, a satellite the size of a school bus is earning its frequent flyer miles. On Oct. 6, NASA’s Terra completed 100,000 orbits around Earth. Terra, which launched Dec. 18, 1999, is projected to continue operation into the 2020s.

Image from TERRA
Fri, 14 Sep 2018 01:33 EDT

NASA's MISR instrument captures Hurricane Florence just off the East Coast. Data from two of its nine cameras is combined to show the storm in 3D

Image from TERRA
Mon, 27 Aug 2018 16:33 EDT

For the first time ever, measurements from NASA Earth-observing research satellites are being used to help combat a potential outbreak of life-threatening cholera. Humanitarian teams in Yemen are targeting areas identified by a NASA-supported project that precisely forecasts high-risk regions based on environmental conditions observed from space.

Data

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Terra’s five instruments produce 83 core data products which are distributed through the Land Processes Distributed Active Archive Center (LPDAAC), the Atmospheric Science Data Center (ASDC), Ocean Color Web, Level 1 and Atmosphere Archive and Distribution System, and the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC).

Each data set is specialized and many work in concert with other data products.  To understand how remote sensing works many novice users may benefit from acquainting themselves with the Fundamentals of Remote Sensing, a resource from Natural Resource Canada.  Data sets are typically available as Hierarchical Data Format (HDF) files and there are a variety of HDF processing software available that allow users to display and browse images and data file information. Many of these software programs are available in the public domain as well as commercially.

The Terra data from each of the five instruments can be accessed through the respective data centers that host data products. These data centers are listed on each instrument data page.


Latest Terra data products information can be found on the following instrument data products page: