Our Home Planet Earth Archive
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
24 April 2014, 03:14 PM ET
Last November, the actor visited NASA's Ames Research Center to talk scientists about their work in Earth Science. Ford is co-hosting the Showtime Channel's documentery "Years of Living Dangerously".
22 April 2014, 04:46 PM ET
A U.S. satellite has captured the ultimate Earth Day view from space, showing the entire planet in a stunning group shot of humanity. The photo, taken today (April 22) to mark Earth Day, was captured by the GOES-East satellite at 7:45 a.m. EDT (1145 GMT)
22 April 2014, 07:49 AM ET
Today marks the annual celebration of our home planet.NASA has a slew of live events planned to highlight what makes Earth so special. NASA also has many online activities available, too. Here's our NASA Earth Day guide.
18 April 2014, 10:21 AM ET
Here's a list of the top 11 things that have impacted the lunar surface.
15 April 2014, 05:15 PM ET
A fire ravaging the scenic city of Valparaiso, Chile, is visible from satellite on April 13, 2014. So far, 15 people have died in the fire, and thousands of homes have been destroyed.
15 April 2014, 03:39 PM ET
In a new image taken by astronauts on the International Space Station, the Grand Canyon stretches across the Colorado Plateau. Entrance to the National Park is free this weekend, April 19 and 20, 2014.
15 April 2014, 12:31 PM ET
You would see is a solar eclipse (on the Earth-facing side). A 'Ring of Fire' would circle Earth and a reddish hue would blanket your abode. - Lunar Eclipse From Earth Time-Lapse: http://goo.gl/fBh9Wm
15 April 2014, 09:15 AM ET
Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, CA captured this time lapse imagery of the ‘Blood Moon’ lunar eclipse, from moments before Earth completely blocked the Moon's view of the Sun until full totality when the moon is fully bathed in ‘umbral shadow.’
14 April 2014, 02:39 PM ET
NASA planetary scientist Dr.Shawn Domagal-Goldman explains why this phenomenon occurs and also why Earth will experience a tetrad or 4 lunar eclipses in nearly 18 months. Total Lunar Eclipse Skywatching Guide: http://goo.gl/TjZIzU
09 April 2014, 04:58 PM ET
03 April 2014, 02:32 PM ET
See photos and images of Vancouver-based UrtheCast's HD cameras from their perch on the International Space Station in this Space.com gallery.
01 April 2014, 12:41 AM ET
This colorful space wallpaper is a radar composite image shows changes in large-scale agricultural plots in southwest Iran. The image was released March 28, 2014.
20 March 2014, 03:05 PM ET
Even though its been a brutally cold winter for a lot of the United States, the average global temperature continues to rise. NASA climate scientist Dr. Compton Tucker talks to Space.com Tariq Malik about it.
20 March 2014, 01:02 PM ET
Spring has officially sprung in the Northern Hemisphere and NASA is celebrating with a dazzling new view of the Earth from space today (March 20).
20 March 2014, 12:59 PM ET
NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins talks to Space.com's Tariq Malik about adjusting back to life on the ground. Hopkins spent 166 days aboard the International Space Station.