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27 January 2015, 05:47 PM ET
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.
16 January 2015, 03:22 PM ET
Global temperatures in 2014 shattered earlier records, making 2014 the hottest year since 1880.
12 January 2015, 04:05 PM ET
The Soil Moisture Active Passive satellite, planned to launch on Jan. 29, will improve drought tracking in the United States and around the world.
11 January 2015, 10:16 AM ET
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.
09 January 2015, 10:44 AM ET
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.
30 December 2014, 12:22 PM ET
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.
22 December 2014, 09:50 AM ET
European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst snapped some incredible imagery of the Earth during his tour aboard the ISS. 12,5000 images of auroras, lightning, landscapes and nightscapes were compiled to create this tour of Earth.
19 December 2014, 03:03 PM ET
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.
17 December 2014, 06:00 AM ET
City lights across the United States blaze 20 to 50 percent more brightly in December than they do the rest of the year, and some cities in the Middle East brighten by more than 50 percent during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, researchers said.
17 December 2014, 12:05 AM ET
These images show that many cities around the world shine more brightly during the holiday season — December in the United States, and the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in the Middle East — than they do during the rest of the year.
11 December 2014, 10:49 PM ET
Earth is the only planet known to support life. Learn about Earth science facts and the planet’s interior composition, surface and atmosphere.
19 November 2014, 08:40 PM ET
Learn how Earth’s moon formed, how its orbit affects Earth’s tides, why solar and lunar eclipses happen and the history of lunar exploration.
19 November 2014, 02:02 PM ET
The region appears to be covered by a gray-white blanket in the image, which was captured in infrared light Tuesday morning (Nov. 18) by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) GOES-East spacecraft.
19 October 2014, 03:48 PM ET
Last week's lunar eclipse wasn't just a show for Earthlings, NASA's MESSENGER mission was also watching from Mercury, 66 million miles away.
14 October 2014, 03:28 PM ET
Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield shares his favorite images of Earth from space in a new book, "You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes."
07 October 2014, 01:23 PM ET
Record lows in sea ice have been recently recorded in the Arctic but ice around the opposite pole of the planet is on the rise. This is probably not due to climate stabilization:
07 October 2014, 09:39 AM ET
The search for a new world begins in Christopher Nolan's new film. The surface of the worlds visited in the trailers pose a threat to the crews survival.
01 October 2014, 08:22 AM ET
Images by astronaut Reid Wiseman as he floats above Earth in the International Space Station.
29 September 2014, 07:00 AM ET
What signs of life could a far-off alien spacecraft spot on Earth? The answer could help researchers shape the hunt for E.T. in far-off solar systems.
24 September 2014, 01:23 AM ET
Addressing climate change is not only crucial for preserving the environment, it also makes good economic sense, some politicians and business leaders say.
23 September 2014, 09:29 AM ET
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's GCOM-W1 satellite has delivered data on sea ice from March 21st, 2014 to September 17th, 2014. NASA Goddard created this visualization from the data set.
11 September 2014, 12:00 PM ET
Former NASA astronaut Frank Culbertson, who was in space on Sept. 11, 2001, reflects on witnessing the attacks from orbit 13 years later.
09 September 2014, 02:49 PM ET
When a private spaceship was cremated over Earth earlier this summer, the astronauts living and working on board the International Space Station had a stunning view of the vehicle's fiery demise.
09 September 2014, 01:17 PM ET
ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst has been snapping imagery of Earth throughout his stay on the ISS. The space agency's production team created the movie with artistic effects such as light trails, created when superimposing imaging and fading slowly.
05 September 2014, 10:19 AM ET
Scientists want your help sorting through gorgeous images of Earth at night snapped by orbiting astronauts. Studying such photographs could show how light pollution is affecting human health and reveal ways to save energy and improve public safety.
29 August 2014, 03:37 PM ET
When you think of the U.S. Air Force, the Federal Aviation Authority and the FBI, a team of starry-eyed film students may not necessarily come to mind as a potential partner for science.
25 August 2014, 05:36 PM ET
Data from instruments aboard a NASA sounding rocket corroborates the claim that about 10 million years ago a cluster of supernova explosions blew a bubble in the interstellar medium. Today Earth resides in that bubble.
20 August 2014, 10:20 AM ET
NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman seems to be having a great time living in space, and he is using social media to share it with the world.
15 August 2014, 11:31 AM ET
Hello Kitty, Japan's lovable feline toy, is now a cat-stronaut. Not only is the intrepid kitty orbiting the Earth in a small satellite, but she's ready to beam messages from space for fans.
13 August 2014, 05:42 PM ET
NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2, which blasted off July 2, arrived in its final orbit 438 miles above the Earth on Aug. 3. The satellite then collected its first test data three days later while flying over Papua New Guinea.
29 July 2014, 04:35 PM ET
A company plans to place two new cameras on the outside of the International Space Station in a bid to provide more live views of Earth from space.
22 July 2014, 02:57 PM ET
Created by lightning, ‘whistlers’ travel along Earth's magnetic field lines from hemisphere to hemisphere. Jupiter’s charged particles ‘sing’ across its magnetosphere (recorded by Voyager). -- 'Whistling' Volcanic Lightning: http://goo.gl/kKhlEk
22 July 2014, 07:47 AM ET
On July 22, 1969, the three men on NASA's Apollo 11 mission were in the homestretch of their historic moon voyage. See how they fired the engines on their spacecraft.
06 July 2014, 01:01 PM ET
A colossal but glancing smashup with a roughly Earth-size planet could have stripped away much of proto-Mercury's rocky mantle, explaining why the tiny, sun-scorched world has such a huge iron core today, researchers say.
02 July 2014, 06:19 AM ET
The space agency's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 satellite (OCO-2) blasted off today (July 1) from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 5:56 a.m. EDT (0956 GMT), carried aloft by a United Launch Alliance Delta 2 rocket.
01 July 2014, 07:23 AM ET
A rocket that was set to loft an Earth-gazing satellite to space did not get off its launch pad in California today (July 1) due to a problem with the pad's water system.