Image from TERRA
Wed, 13 Nov 2019 13:51 EST

The state of New South Wales (NSW) in south eastern Australia is continuing to experience devastating bushfires due to the dry tinder-like atmosphere in the territory: high winds, dry lightning and continuing heat.

Image from TERRA
Fri, 08 Nov 2019 09:56 EST

Smoke billows from the scores of bushfires on Australia east coast in this image captured by NASA's Terra satellite on Nov. 08, 2019, using the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument onboard.

Image from TERRA
Tue, 05 Nov 2019 19:03 EST

The Earth-observing mission ECOSTRESS reveals how the massive rainforest fires this past August spread in dry areas visible only to this specialized sensor.

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: