Image from TERRA
Wed, 22 Jul 2020 12:01 EDT

NASA’s Terra satellite captured this image of fires wreaking havoc across a large swath of Siberia on July 21, 2020.

Image from TERRA
Fri, 17 Jul 2020 11:00 EDT

Puerto Rico now has an air quality warning system that provides three days of advance notice about potentially harmful dust that travels across the Atlantic Ocean from the Sahara Desert.

Image from TERRA
Wed, 15 Jul 2020 10:35 EDT

NASA’s Terra satellite captured this image of California’s Mineral fire with the MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) instrument on July 14, 2020.

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: