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.

Science

As the Flagship Earth Observing Satellite, Terra  was the first satellite to look at Earth system science, 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. In addition, Terra data has many applications that help people everyday.

How is Earth changing and what are the consequences for life on Earth? This question drives Terra science in each of NASA’s six broad focus areas: