Image from TERRA
Thu, 07 Oct 2021 13:00 EDT

The U.S. Forest Service now has a powerful way to view near-real time fire detection from NASA satellite data that they can include in their hourly air quality forecasts.

Image from TERRA
Thu, 23 Sep 2021 14:53 EDT

New NASA research shows that by releasing heat and moisture through a large hole in sea ice known as a polynya, the exposed ocean fuels the formation of more clouds that trap heat in the atmosphere and hinder the refreezing of new sea ice.

Image from TERRA
Tue, 24 Aug 2021 13:05 EDT

Smoke from several large wildfires burning in Northern California can be seen traveling miles into the atmosphere.

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Terra continues to witness many changes on the landscape, collecting some of the most iconic images of our planet since its launch in December of 1999. Many sources archived Terra imagery including the Earth Observatory and NASA’s Visible Earth.

This section contains images, videos and podcasts that visualize many events and changes on Earth’s surface and also explain some of the science to which Terra contributes.

As the Flagship Earth Observing Satellite, Terra  was the first satellite to look at Earth system science with five sensors dedicated to observing the land, water, and atmosphere.

By seeing Earth from the same vantage point, but collecting  multiple types of data dedicated to various areas of Earth science,  scientists are able to document relationships between Earth’s systems and examine their connections.

The images, videos, and podcasts illustrate and examine Earth system science as Terra observes changes on Earth over time.