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.

All Resources

Terra Logo

Terra Logo – click to enlarge


Terra Poster

Terra by the numbers. Quick overview of Terra related statistics. – Click on image to enlarge or download slide.

This slide shows Terra’s different science focus areas. Each circle size represents the relative number of data products in each of these science areas. – Click on image to enlarge or download slide.

International Terra Team Members as a slide for presentations – Click on image to enlarge or download slide.

On August 5, 2017, Terra’s Flight Operations Team successfully completed a Lunar Deep Space Calibration Maneuver I – Click on image to enlarge or download poster or slide.

Poster and Slide about Fire Science with Data from MODIS, MISR, ASTER and MOPITT – Click on image to enlarge or download slide.


Front of poster – click to enlarge


Back of poster – click to enlarge


Educational Resources and Programs for Teachers and Students

  • NASA Wavelength
    A digital collection of NASA Earth and space science resources for educators of all levels – from elementary to college, to out-of-school programs. These resources, developed through funding of the NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD), have undergone a peer-review process through which educators and scientists ensure the content is accurate and useful in an educational setting. Use NASA Wavelength to quickly and easily locate resources, create your own collections within NASA Wavelength, connect them to other websites using atom feeds, and even share resources through social media.
  • S’COOL
    The S’COOL Project involves students (ages 5-20+) in real science, making and reporting ground truth observations of clouds to assist in the validation of NASA’s CERESsatellite instruments. Teachers are welcome to register with the S’COOL project to join their students with others around the world who are learning about clouds. Individuals can also contribute observations through the S’COOL Rover area of the website.
    A tool that allows anyone to make use of satellite data that was previously unavailable. Through the use of MND’s Live Access Server (LAS) a multitude of charts, plots and graphs can be generated using a wide variety of constraints. This site provides a large number of lesson plans with a wide variety of topics, all with the students in mind. Not only can you use our lesson plans, you can use the LAS to improve the ones that you are currently implementing in your classroom.

Web Resources

  • NASA’s Earth Observations (NEO)
    NEO is your source for global data imagery from NASA. The global data sets are interactive allowing users to look for relationships between different types of data.  Ever wondered how Sea Surface Temperature and Chlorophyll concentrations are related?  Use the interactive tool to see how.
  • Earth Observatory
    The Earth Observatory offers current information about Earth science through images updated multiple times daily, articles, fact sheets, blogs, and animations. Experiments are activities for educators. The Global Maps section contains movies that show seasonal change in things like plant growth, cloudiness, and rainfall. Articles about current science and fact sheets are in the Features section. All articles are reviewed by NASA scientists to ensure scientific accuracy. The Images section offers satellite images that show new scientific findings, current events, or simple beauty.
  • Earth Observatory
    Earth Observatory for kids highlights current topics in Earth science and remote sensing while making the science fun and engaging for children between 9 and 14 years old. Each month a new issue is published and coupled with a hands-on activity. Earth Observatory for Kids asks children to come explore our Earth with us.

Science Visualizations

Citizen Science

  • GLOBE Observer
    GLOBE Observer is an international network of citizen scientists and scientists working together to learn more about our shared environment and changing climate. To participate, just download the GLOBE Observer app and submit regular observations.The GLOBE Observer Program currently accepts cloud, mosquito habitat, and land cover observations. In August of 2017 GLOBE Observer accepted air temperature measurements for the solar eclipse. (The solar eclipse occurred on Monday, August 21, 2017.)
    The Citizens and Remote Sensing Observation Network (CARSON) is designed to show citizen scientists how to explore satellite data to make wide-scale environmental observations. Each chapter of the CARSON guide includes instructions for a local observation and an extension to make the same observation on a global scale using satellite data.

Theoretical Basis for Data Products

  • Algorithm Theoretical Basis Documents (ATBDs)
    For details on the logic behind each of Terra’s data products, refer to the listing of ATBDs. These are technical documents describing the process by which the Terra data products are produced using the radiance and reflectance information collected by the five on-board sensors.