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19 February 2014, 02:28 PM ET
The retired Earth-watching satellite Landsat 5 may have quit taking pictures of planet, but it’s apparently not finished posing in them.
13 February 2014, 10:01 AM ET
The latest images from an Earth-watching satellite show frigid clouds veiling the eastern United States in a frightening sign of the snowstorm unfurling the region.
13 February 2014, 07:30 AM ET
NASA released an image of the brightly lit Sochi sporting complex captured by one of the astronauts aboard the space station this week. From their exclusive lookout, the spaceflyers on the orbiting lab can even see the Olympic flame burning.
11 February 2014, 02:37 PM ET
The four "cubesats," each about the size of a loaf of bread, were deployed from the space station this morning. Twenty-four more will join them over the coming days, filling out the "Flock 1" fleet operated by San Francisco-based startup Planet Labs.
10 February 2014, 02:16 PM ET
See spectacular photographs of Earth from space by Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata on the International Space Station during the Expedition 38 mission in 2013 and 2014.
07 February 2014, 04:50 PM ET
See photos of Sochi, Russia, home of the 2014 Winter Olympics, from space, and see how the Olympic torch launched into space for a spacewalk relay in this SPACE.com gallery.
07 February 2014, 04:25 PM ET
The 2014 Winter Olympics officially begin with an extravagant opening ceremony today (Feb. 7), and even NASA has embraced the spirit of the games by snapping satellite views of Olympic venues from orbit.
07 February 2014, 02:20 PM ET
This north-looking space wallpaper, acquired on Jan. 4, 2014, by the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) instrument on NASA's Terra spacecraft, shows the Sochi Olympic Park Coastal Cluster in Russia.
07 February 2014, 09:29 AM ET
See the Winter Olympics cities as only NASA can with these amazing views from space. From the Sochi Winter Olympics of 2014 through the past, these NASA photos show Earth's Winter Olympics from orbit.
07 February 2014, 09:14 AM ET
Satellites snapped imagery of a surprisingly snow-less Sierra mountain range, painting a grim picture of the water prognosis for California. NASA scientists are investing the cause.
06 February 2014, 04:59 PM ET
The torch traveled by car, plane, reindeer, and rocket ship to its ultimate goal of lighting the flame at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. NASA revisits the trip the torch took to the ISS in Nov. 2013.
06 February 2014, 03:50 PM ET
The Mars Science Laboratory captured imagery of the brightest object in its twilight sky, Earth and its orbiting Moon. The rover's Mast Camera imaged them on January 31st, 2014, its 529th day on the Red Planet.
06 February 2014, 03:38 PM ET
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has snapped its first photo of Earth from the surface of the Red Planet, an amazing image that also includes the moon. See the photos here.
03 February 2014, 06:28 AM ET
Previous modeling work had suggested that Earth's axial tilt would vary wildly over long time spans without the moon's steadying gravitational influence, creating huge climate swings that would make it tough for life to get a foothold.
02 February 2014, 05:07 PM ET
Thousands of football fans will pack New Jersey's MetLife Stadium for an epic Super Bowl showdown on live television today (Feb. 2), but here is one view you can only get from a satellite: The Super Bowl stadium from space.
31 January 2014, 11:53 AM ET
Incredible image of a volcanic eruption captured from an astronaut aboard the International Space Station.
29 January 2014, 10:44 AM ET
Satellites circling Earth have snapped stunning views of the sprawling sporting venues and slopes that will host the world's best athletes next week when the 2014 Winter Olympic Games begin in Sochi.
28 January 2014, 11:37 AM ET
NASA' s Airborne Tropical Tropopause Experiment (ATTREX) will take measurements in the Pacific Ocean's tropical tropopause (layer of atmosphere, 55,000-65,000 Feet above sea level). It'll provide data on changes in moisture and chemical composition.
27 January 2014, 03:40 PM ET
The space agency will launch five Earth-observation missions in 2014, starting with the Feb. 27 liftoff of the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory from Japan's Tanegashima Space Center.
27 January 2014, 11:06 AM ET
This stunning space wallpaper is a false-color image from Japan’s ALOS satellite acquired over part of southern Kenya and the border with Tanzania. Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania can be seen in the lower-left corner.
23 January 2014, 10:30 AM ET
2014 is shaping up to be the year of earth science for NASA, with five missions devoted to studying our planets surface, atmosphere, changing climate, weather, and more.
13 January 2014, 02:38 PM ET
The European built probe is the most complex mission to a comet. Since its launch in March 2004, it has flown by Earth 3 times, snapped images of asteroids and more. It has been hibernating since 2011 and will be awoken in Jan. 2014.
31 December 2013, 03:02 PM ET
The Canadian company UrtheCast and its Russian partners are investigating what went wrong when its new Earth-watching cameras suffered a glitch shortly after being installed outside the International Space Station last week.
30 December 2013, 10:14 AM ET
The space rock was discovered on Dec. 23rd, 2013 and will be makes its closest approach to Earth (3.6 lunar distance) on Jan. 3rd, 2014. Its is estimated to be 102 meters or 400 feet-wide.
27 December 2013, 05:01 PM ET
This cool space wallpaper taken from the International Space Station is not an interstellar cloud formation but artificial light over a cloudy China.
26 December 2013, 09:10 AM ET
DigitalGlobe's annual Top Image of the Year contest showcases satellite images of natural disasters, political issues, natural wonders and current events from 2013.
23 December 2013, 05:08 PM ET
This message from NASA administrator Charles Bolden was sent to the moon and back with only a few seconds of delay. The Lunar Laser Communications Demonstration mission aboard NASA's LADEE spacecraft successfully received and retransmitted the video.
23 December 2013, 12:12 PM ET
See stunning images taken by astronaut Rick Mastracchio aboard the International Space Station during the Expedition 38/39 mission in 2013/2014.
23 December 2013, 11:00 AM ET
See spectacular photographs taken by astronaut Mike Hopkins aboard the International Space Station during the Expedition 37/38 mission in 2013.
16 December 2013, 01:33 PM ET
A large coronal hole has rotated its way into an Earth-affecting position. It is a dark region where the Sun's magnetic field is more open and emits high-speed solar wind. Auroras may be on tap for Earth as a result .
13 December 2013, 11:20 AM ET
Astronauts have beamed down their views of the Earth from the International Space Station for years, but a new video shows their unique sights in a new light.
12 December 2013, 10:46 AM ET
The banning of ozone-depleting chemicals hasn't yet caused detectable improvements in the Antarctic ozone hole. That's not because the hole isn't healing. Rather, wind patterns are responsible for the varying size of the ozone hole.
10 December 2013, 04:35 PM ET
NASA's Juno spacecraft captured an amazing "starship-like view" of Earth and the moon as it made a speedy flyby past our planet on its way to Jupiter in October.
10 December 2013, 02:40 PM ET
This cosmic pirouette of Earth and our moon was captured by the Juno spacecraft as it flew by Earth on Oct. 9, 2013. Set be inserted into Jupiter orbit in August 2016.
10 December 2013, 12:37 PM ET
A new record for cold temperatures minus 136 F (minus 93.2 C) was set Aug. 10, 2010 on the East Antarctic Plateau. NASA scientists have figured out how our planet creates these bone chilling temperatures.
06 December 2013, 10:01 PM ET
More than 20,000 scientists will descend on San Francisco this week for the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union.