Earth, Our Home Planet

Earth, our home planet, is the 3rd planet from the sun.
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What Would It Be Like to Live on Mercury?
Mercury With Subtle Colors
January 28th, 2015
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live on Mercury. So did we. Mercury's gravity, temperatures and weather are all very different from Earth's. Here's how.
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Drought-Tracking Satellite to Blast Off This Month
SMAP satellite
January 12th, 2015
The Soil Moisture Active Passive satellite, planned to launch on Jan. 29, will improve drought tracking in the United States and around the world.
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NASA Has Big Plans for Tiny CubeSats
CubeSats being deployed from the International Space Station.
December 30th, 2014
Tiny CubeSats could soon play a big role in space exploration. For example, one of these miniature satellites — NASA's 'IceCube' craft — is set to blast off in 2016 to test technology for a future mission.
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NASA Launching Satellite Thursday to Track Earth's Dirt from Space
NASA's SMAP satellite is designed to map Earth's soil moisture once every three days or less. It's scheduled to launch on Jann. 29, 2015.
January 27th, 2015
NASA's next Earth-observing satellite is ready to launch Thursday (Jan. 29), and it could vastly improve the way scientists monitor droughts around the world.
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Spectacular Time-Lapse Video Shows Earth Through an Astronaut's Eyes
Shimmering green auroras dance over Earth in this stunning still image from a series of time-lapse videos of Earth from space by European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst in 2014.
January 11th, 2015
This incredible time-lapse of Earth from space was created from about 12,500 images taken by ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst during his six-month stay on the International Space Station.
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2014 Was Earth's Hottest Year On Record, NASA Says
2014 Temperature Anomalies
January 16th, 2015
Global temperatures in 2014 shattered earlier records, making 2014 the hottest year since 1880.
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CATS in Space: NASA Probe to Examine Climate Change
Artist's concept of NASA's Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (CATS) instrument, which will measure clouds and aerosols in Earth's atmosphere from its perch on the exterior of the International Space Station.
January 9th, 2015
NASA's CATS instrument — which is set to launch toward the orbiting lab early Saturday aboard SpaceX's robotic Dragon cargo capsule — will track clouds and tiny particles of dust, smoke and pollution in Earth's atmosphere that influence climate.
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World View Captures Spectacular Sunrise with High-Altitude Balloon (Video)
world view
December 19th, 2014
World View has just released new footage from a recent unmanned flight, offering a glimpse at the vistas future customers might experience during a sunrise voyage.
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