Our Home Planet Earth Archive
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.
30 June 2014, 01:06 PM ET
NASA’s OCO-2 is designed to watch Earth “breathe,” exhaling, then reabsorbing CO2 as the probe maps and re-maps our planet’s surface. Humanity’s rate of carbon-loading the atmosphere is rapidly accelerating.
30 June 2014, 10:32 AM ET
These amazing photos were taken from the International Space Station.
30 June 2014, 07:28 AM ET
The space agency's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 satellite passed its launch readiness review Sunday, meaning the craft is set to lift off Tuesday from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 5:56 a.m. EDT atop a Delta 2 rocket.
24 June 2014, 09:54 AM ET
Private company World View is building capsules that are transported by parafoil and high-altitude balloons to 120,000 feet, to give passengers a breath-taking view of Earth. A scaled version of the capsule was lofted to that altitude.
13 June 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The agency's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 satellite is in final preparations for its July 1 liftoff. The OCO-2 mission is designed to provide a comprehensive global look at atmospheric levels of the heat-trapping greenhouse gas carbon dioxide.
12 June 2014, 04:51 PM ET
NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) will collect hundreds of thousands of measurements each day as it flies over Earth. FULL STORY: http://goo.gl/tK51Ny
11 June 2014, 12:11 PM ET
The twin Pléiades satellites of Airbus Defence and Space captured images of the 12 stadiums in cities across Brazil that will host the 2014 FIFA World Cup soccer tournament.
11 June 2014, 06:30 AM ET
Various explanations for why we don’t see aliens have been proposed but with every new discovery of a potentially habitable planet, the Fermi Paradox becomes increasingly mysterious.
09 June 2014, 12:28 PM ET
NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman has achieved a social media milestone aboard the International Space Station, beaming the first Vine from orbit.
29 May 2014, 07:01 AM ET
Is Jupiter a friendly planet, Earth's enemy, or perhaps both? New research reveals how this gas giant's orbit could influence whether life can survive and thrive on Earth by determining whether civilization-destroying asteroids come this way.
23 May 2014, 10:05 PM ET
NASA's Earth Day Global Selfie is a mosaic view of the planet made up of more than 30,000 photos uploaded on social media. The mosaic shows the Earth as it looked on April 22, 2014.
19 May 2014, 05:33 PM ET
If you've ever wondered what the view of Earth from space would be like set to a Pink Floyd soundtrack, wonder no more. The English band is using amazing views from the International Space Station to countdown to the May 20 launch of something.
19 May 2014, 02:09 PM ET
The below sea-level canyons beneath the ocean-feeding glacier cut further inland than previously estimates. Accelerated ice loss of the glacier was thought to be limited, but this finding calls into question its duration.
12 May 2014, 05:09 PM ET
The catastrophic collapse of the massive West Antarctic Ice Sheet is underway, researchers said today.
12 May 2014, 01:27 PM ET
After 40 years of observation, NASA and University of California researchers agree that melting of the West Antarctic Glacier has passed the point of no return. It contains enough ice to raise sea levels ~4 feet, but could take centuries to melt.
09 May 2014, 06:39 AM ET
The Earth rises spectacularly as a tiny blue dot above the moon in a new photo that hints at the vastness of space and the fragility of humanity.
08 May 2014, 06:43 PM ET
Climate change is not some far-off, nebulous issue that future generations will have to confront, Charles Bolden said Thursday. Rather, it's happening right now, and people all over the world are already feeling the effects.
06 May 2014, 05:41 PM ET
The effects of climate change on Earth can be seen clearly in photos taken by satellites in space, and those images are vital tools in protecting our home planet, NASA chief Charles Bolden wrote today (May 6).
02 May 2014, 12:42 PM ET
Asteroid 2014 HL129 will fly nearly 187,000 miles away (.7 Lunar distance) from Earth on its closest approach on May 3rd, 2014. It is an estimated 32-feet-wide.
01 May 2014, 02:05 PM ET
Models show that Mars should be about as big as Earth if gas and dust were distributed smoothly throughout the protoplanetary disk that surrounded the newborn sun 4.5 billion years ago. But Mars is just 10 percent as massive as our world.
29 April 2014, 12:10 PM ET
In July 2012, the NASA's Stereo-A spacecraft was impacted by the storm and its sensors revealed one of the most powerful solar storms in recorded history. Worst Solar Storms In History: http://goo.gl/RRJtMy