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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-01-27 Earth Spaceborne Imaging Radar-C/X-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar
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This is a false-color image of the uninhabited Safsaf Oasis in southern Egypt near the Egypt/Sudan border.
PIA01711:
Space Radar Image of Safsaf, North Africa
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-06-08 Earth Terra
MISR
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The lowlands of Lombardy and Piedmont in northwest Italy are some of the most highly developed irrigation areas in the world. These views of the region were acquired on May 8, 2005, by NASA's Terra spacecraft.
PIA04380:
Rice Cultivation in Northwest Italy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2001-06-13 Earth Terra
MISR
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This image from NASA's Terra satellite of Diamond Valley Lake Reservoir, near the city of Hemet in Riverside County, billed as the largest earthworks construction project in U.S.history.
PIA03409:
Watching the Creation of Southern California's Largest Reservoir
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-05-01 Earth Spaceborne Imaging Radar-C/X-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar
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This is a false-color composite of Central Africa, showing the Virunga volcano chain along the borders of Rwanda, Zaire and Uganda. This area is home to the endangered mountain gorillas.
PIA01736:
Space Radar Image of Karisoke & Virunga Volcanoes
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-08-16 Earth Terra
MISR
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These images from NASA's Terra satellite are of smoke plumes from devastating wildfires in the northwestern U.S. This view of the Clearwater and Salmon River Mountains in Idaho was acquired on August 5, 2000 (Terra orbit 3370).
PIA02618:
MISR Images Wildfires in Northwestern US
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Add Image to Favorite List 2001-05-31 Earth Landsat
Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM)
C-Band Interferometric Radar
Thematic Mapper
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On January 26, 2001, the Kachchh region in western India suffered the most deadly earthquake in India's history. Geologists traversed the region looking for ground surface disruptions, that could provide clues to the tectonic processes here.
PIA03308:
SRTM Stereo Pair: Northwest of Bhuj, India
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Add Image to Favorite List 2002-04-10 Earth Terra
MISR
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Both single and multi-angle views of the breakup of the northern section of the Larsen B ice shelf are shown in this image pair fromNASA's Terra satellite. The Larsen B ice shelf collapsed and broke away from the Antarctic Peninsula during February and Ma
PIA03702:
Unique Views of a Shattered Ice Shelf
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-04-15 Earth Spaceborne Imaging Radar-C/X-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar
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This radar image of Calcutta, India, illustrates different urban land use patterns. Calcutta, the largest city in India, is located on the banks of the Hugli River, shown as the thick, dark line in the upper portion of the image.
PIA01844:
Space Radar Image of Calcutta, West Bengal, India
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Add Image to Favorite List 2002-02-01 Earth Terra
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Information from images of Railroad Valley, Nevada captured on August 17,2001 by NASA's Terra spacecraft may provide a powerful tool for monitoring crop health and maintenance procedures.
PIA03463:
Railroad Valley, Nevada
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-21 Earth RapidScat
ISS-RapidScat
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On Jan. 28, 2015 from 2:41 to 4:14 UTC, NASA's ISS-RapidScat saw the nor'easter's strongest sustained winds (red) between 56 and 67 mph (25 to 30 mps/90 to 108 kph) just off-shore from eastern Cape Cod.
PIA18059:
NASA RapidScat Proving Valuable for Tropical Cyclones
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-10-05 Earth Landsat
Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM)
C-Band Interferometric Radar
Thematic Mapper
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Los Angeles may be the world's entertainment capital, but it is a difficult place to locate television and radio antennas. The metropolitan area spreads from the Pacific Ocean to upper and lower deserts, valleys, mountains, canyons and coastal plains.
PIA02779:
SRTM Perspective View with Landsat Overlay: Santa Monica Bay to Mount Baden-Powell, California
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-11-12 Earth Terra
MISR
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NASA's Terra spacecraft imaged Iceberg B-15A, the largest iceberg in the world (measuring about 11,000 square kilometers) when it broke away from Western Antarctica's Ross Ice Shelf in March 2000.
PIA04344:
Breakup of the World's Largest Iceberg
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-07-26 Earth Terra
MISR
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These images from NASA's Terra satellite are of the southeast portion of Georgian Bay in Ontario, Canada, acquired on March 6, 2000, during Terra orbit 1155.
PIA02615:
MISR View of Georgian Bay, Ontario, Canada
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-02-02 Earth GRACE
K-Band Ranging System
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This frame from an animation based on data from NASA's Grace satellite shows dramatic changes in Greenland's ice mass from 2003 through 2011 revealing how much ice has been lost and gained each year.
PIA13955:
Ice Mass Loss on Greenland, 2003-2011 Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-02-17 Earth Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM)
C-Band Interferometric Radar
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This perspective view acquired by NASA's Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) from data collected on February 16, 2000 shows an area of Ventura County, California, including Simi Valley in the center of the image.
PIA02711:
Simi Valley, California, Perspective View of Shaded Relief, Color as Height
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-07-19 Earth Terra
MISR
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These images from NASA's Terra satellite are of tropical northern Australia acquired on June 1, 2000 (Terra orbit 2413) during the long dry season.
PIA02614:
MISR Views Northern Australia
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-05-01 Earth Spaceborne Imaging Radar-C/X-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar
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These two radar images show the majestic Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, the oldest national park in the United States and home to the world's most spectacular geysers and hot springs.
PIA01741:
Space Radar Image of Yellowstone Park, Wyoming
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-05-01 Earth Spaceborne Imaging Radar-C/X-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar
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These two false-color images of the Manaus region of Brazil in South America were acquired by NASA's Spaceborne Imaging Radar-C and X-band Synthetic Aperture Radar on board the space shuttle Endeavour.
PIA01735:
Space Radar Image of Manaus, Brazil
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-07-22 Earth Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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The cameras on NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this rare look at Earth and its moon from Saturn orbit on July 19, 2013. The image has been magnified five times.
PIA17170:
One Special Day in the Life of Planet Earth -- Close-Up
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-12 Earth Terra
ASTER
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NASA's Terra spacecraft acquired this image of the City of Luxembourg, one of Europe's greatest fortified states. With a population of about 90,000, the city is the capital of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.
PIA14035:
Luxembourg
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-02-19 Earth Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM)
C-Band Interferometric Radar
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This radar image acquired by NASA's Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) from data collected on February 18, 2000 shows the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area in Texas.
PIA02722:
C-Band Radar Imagery, Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-08-03 Earth Aqua
AIRS
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Hurricane Alex captured on August 3, 2004, as observed by the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) onboard NASA's Aqua.
PIA00440:
Hurricane Alex, located about 80 miles south-southeast of Charleston, South Carolina, as observed by NASA's Spaceborne Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS).
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-01-22 Earth Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM)
C-Band Radar
X-Band Radar
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This perspective view shows Mount Ararat in easternmost Turkey, which has been the site of several searches for the remains of Noah's Ark.
PIA03399:
Mount Ararat, Turkey, Perspective with Landsat Image Overlay
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-04-15 Earth Spaceborne Imaging Radar-C/X-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar
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This three-dimensional perspective of the remote Karakax Valley in the northern Tibetan Plateau of western China was created by combining two spaceborne radar images using a technique known as interferometry.
PIA01800:
Space Radar Image of Karakax Valley, China 3-D
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Add Image to Favorite List 2001-02-28 Earth Terra
MISR
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The Tibetan Plateau and a portion of the Himalayan Mountain chain are captured in this stereo image acptured by NASA's Terra satellite May 14, 2000 (Terra orbit 2153).
PIA02646:
Roof of the World and the Abode of Snow
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-11-02 Earth Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM)
C-Band Interferometric Radar
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The Sovereign Democratic Republic of the Fiji Islands, commonly known as Fiji, is shown in this image acquired by NASA's Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) on February 19, 2000.
PIA02785:
SRTM Stereo Pair: Fiji Islands
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-07-22 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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In this rare image taken on July 19, 2013, the wide-angle camera on NASA's Cassini spacecraft has captured Saturn's rings and our planet Earth and its moon in the same frame.
PIA17171:
The Day the Earth Smiled: Sneak Preview
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-10-24 Earth Terra
MISR
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NASA's Terra spacecraft passed over the Blue Mountains to the west and north of Sydney, A mild winter and an extremely hot September in Australia have led to an early start to the fire season.
PIA17577:
MISR Stereo Imagery of Blue Mountain Fires in New South Wales, Australia
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Add Image to Favorite List 2002-12-18 Earth Terra
MISR
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The border between Russia and Finland is shown in this MISR Mystery Quiz #12 captured by NASA's Terra spacecraft.
PIA03747:
Where on Earth...? MISR Mystery Image Quiz #12:
Border between Russia and Finland

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Add Image to Favorite List 2001-03-28 Earth TOPEX/Poseidon
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Data taken during a 10-day collection cycle ending March 9, 2001, show that above-normal sea-surface heights and warmer ocean temp. (red and white areas) still blanket the far-western tropical Pacific and much of the north (and south) mid-Pacific.
PIA00556:
Warm Ocean Temperatures Blanket the Far-Western Pacific
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Add Image to Favorite List 1997-10-14 Earth TOPEX/Poseidon
Altimeter
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These four views of the Pacific Ocean were produced using sea surface height measurements taken by NASA's U.S./French TOPEX/POSEIDON satellite.
PIA00734:
TOPEX/El Niņo Watch - March thru June, 1997
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Add Image to Favorite List 1997-10-14 Earth TOPEX/Poseidon
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This image of the Pacific Ocean was produced using sea surface height measurements taken by NASA's U.S./French TOPEX/POSEIDON satellite.
PIA00735:
TOPEX/El Niņo Watch - June 25, 1997
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Add Image to Favorite List 1997-10-14 Earth TOPEX/Poseidon
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This image of the Pacific Ocean was produced using sea surface height measurements taken by NASA's U.S./French TOPEX/POSEIDON satellite.
PIA00736:
TOPEX/El Niņo Watch- September 20, 1997
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Add Image to Favorite List 1998-07-03 Earth TOPEX/Poseidon
Altimeter
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This image of the Pacific Ocean was produced using sea-surface height measurements taken by NASA's U.S.-French TOPEX/Poseidon satellite.
PIA01453:
TOPEX/El Niņo Watch - El Niņo in Retreat, Pacific in Transition, June 14, 1998
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Add Image to Favorite List 1998-09-26 Earth TOPEX/Poseidon
Altimeter
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This image of the Pacific Ocean was produced using sea-surface height measurements taken by NASA's U.S.-French TOPEX/Poseidon satellite.
PIA01473:
TOPEX/El Niņo Watch - Little Change in Pacific, August 13, 1998
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-04-15 Earth TOPEX/Poseidon
Altimeter
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This image of the Pacific Ocean was produced using sea-surface height measurements taken by NASA's U.S.-French TOPEX/Poseidon satellite.
PIA01525:
TOPEX/El Niņo Watch - La Niņa Weakening, January 17, 1999
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-06-21 Earth TOPEX/Poseidon
Altimeter
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New sea surface height measurements from NASA's TOPEX/Poseidon satellite show that the sea level and temperature of the entire Pacific is 'out of balance,' including a large area of abnormally cool water along the west coast of North America.
PIA01528:
TOPEX El Niņo/La Niņa - Entire Pacific is out of Whack, April 7, 1999
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-12-01 Earth TOPEX/Poseidon
Altimeter
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Unusually warm ocean temperatures off Asia and cool waters in the eastern and equatorial Pacific are signaling La Niņa's mild return, according to the latest sea-surface heights observed by the joint NASA-French space agency's TOPEX/Poseidon satellite.
PIA02437:
TOPEX/El Niņo Watch - Mild La Niņa Conditions Developing, November 12, 1999
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-05-07 Earth TOPEX/Poseidon
Altimeter
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NASA's TOPEX/Poseidon data, collected over a 10-day sampling cycle from March 1 to 11, 2000, showed a La Niņa condition.
PIA02460:
TOPEX/El Niņo Watch - La Niņa Still a "cool" Problem Child, March 23, 2000
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-07-06 Earth TOPEX/Poseidon
Altimeter
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After dominating the tropical Pacific Ocean for more than two years, the 1998-2000 La Niņa 'cool pool' is continuing its slow fade and seems to be retiring from the climate stage, according to satellite data from NASA's U.S.-French TOPEX/Poseidon mission.
PIA02935:
TOPEX/El Niņo Watch - Strong, Long-lasting La Niņa Just Fading Away, June 19, 2000
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-08-30 Earth TOPEX/Poseidon
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After three years of El Niņo and La Niņa, the Pacific is finally calming down in the tropics but still shows signs of being abnormal elsewhere, according to the satellite data from NASA's U.S.-French TOPEX/Poseidon mission.
PIA02969:
TOPEX/El Niņo Watch - Los Niņos may be Gone, But Pacific Pattern Remains August 14, 2000
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Add Image to Favorite List 2001-08-27 Earth TOPEX/Poseidon
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These data, taken during a 10-day collection cycle ending August 18, 2001, show that above-normal sea-surface heights and warmer ocean temperatures still blanket the far-western tropical Pacific and much of the north (and south) mid-Pacific.
PIA03457:
Pacific Decadal Oscillation Still Rules in Pacific; No Niņo Anytime Soon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2001-11-07 Earth TOPEX/Poseidon
Altimeter
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Like fall and winter of 2000, this year NASA's Topex/Poseidon satellite data shows that the Pacific ocean continues to be dominated by the strong Pacific Decadal Oscillation, which is larger than the El Niņo/La Niņa pattern.
PIA03460:
Pacific Decadal Oscillation
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Add Image to Favorite List 2002-07-03 Earth TOPEX/Poseidon
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The Pacific Ocean doesn't show signs of anything that looks like the whopper El Niņo of 1997-1998, according to the latest information from NASA's U.S.-French ocean-observing satellite Topex/Poseidon.
PIA03850:
Pacific Ocean in Holding Pattern for El Niņo
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Add Image to Favorite List 2002-08-22 Earth TOPEX/Poseidon
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This NASA Topex/Poseidon image of sea-surface heights was taken during a 10-day collection cycle ending August 7, 2002.
PIA03855:
Watching for the Next El Niņo
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Add Image to Favorite List 2002-12-12 Earth Jason-1
Altimeter
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The latest image from NASA's Jason oceanography satellite, taken during a 10-day collection cycle ending December 2, 2002, shows the Pacific dominated by two significant areas of higher-than-normal sealevel (warmer ocean temperatures).
PIA03889:
El Niņo Continues to Grow
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-07-14 Earth Jason-1
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Since the weak El Niņo event of last winter, the equatorial Pacific has cooled and oceanographers have been on a La Niņa 'watch.' Thus far, equatorial waters have seesawed between cooling and the present slight warming.
PIA04622:
Where is La Niņa?
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-11-18 Earth Jason-1
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A Mostly Quiet Pacific
PIA04878:
A Mostly Quiet Pacific
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-07-13 Earth Jason-1
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Recent sea level height data from NASA's U.S./France Jason altimetric satellite during a 10-day cycle ending June 15, 2004.
PIA06380:
Pacific Decadal Oscillation Influences Drought (June 15, 2004)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-07-13 Earth Jason-1
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Recent sea level height data from NASA's U.S./France Jason altimetric satellite during a 10-day cycle ending June 27, 2004.
PIA06381:
Pacific Decadal Oscillation Influences Drought (June 27, 2004)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-08-04 Earth Jason-1
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Sea-level height data from NASA's U.S./France Jason altimetric satellite during a 10-day cycle ending July 27, 2004, show weaker than normal trade winds in the western and central equatorial Pacific have triggered an eastward moving, warm Kelvin wave.
PIA06751:
Warm Pacific Water Wave Heads East, But No El Niņo Yet
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-11-16 Earth Jason-1
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Recent sea-level height data from NASA's U.S./France Jason altimetric satellite during a 10-day cycle ending November 15, 2004.
PIA05078:
El Nino: Pumping Up or Fizzling Out?
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-03-14 Earth Jason-1
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Recent sea-level height data from NASA's U.S./France Jason altimetric satellite during a 10-day cycle ending February 22, 2005, show that the central equatorial Pacific continues to exhibit an area of higher-than-normal sea surface heights.
PIA07456:
El Niņo: The Weak, Getting Weaker
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-01-13 Earth Jason-1
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The tropical Pacific Ocean is beginning to exhibit the characteristics of a developing La Niņa condition.
PIA03665:
She's Back? La Niņa Developing?
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-05-30 Earth Jason-1
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In early 2006, a weak La Niņa event kept the temperatures in the Pacific Ocean along the equator a little cooler than normal.
PIA08501:
Pacific Climate Calm
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-10-10 Earth Jason-1
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In September 2006, NASA satellite data indicated that El Niņo had returned to the tropical Pacific Ocean, although it was relatively weak.
PIA01939:
Jason Satellite Observes Mild El Nino in 2006
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-12-07 Earth Jason-1
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Recent sea-level height data from NASA's Jason-1 altimetric satellite show that continuing weaker-than-normal trade winds in the western and central equatorial Pacific have triggered another strong, eastward moving, warm Kelvin wave.
PIA09038:
Jason Celebrates 5th Anniversary as El Niņo Builds, Warm Kelvin Wave Surges Toward South America
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-03-02 Earth Jason-1
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New data of sea-level heights from early February, 2007, by the Jason altimetric satellite show that the tropical Pacific Ocean has transitioned from a warm (El Niņo) to a cool (La Niņa) condition during the prior two months
PIA09208:
Pacific Shows Signs of Morphing From Warm El Nino To Cool La Nina
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-11-07 Earth Jason-1
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The tropical Pacific Ocean remains in the grips of a cool La Niņa, as shown by new data of sea-level heights from mid-October of 2007, collected by NASA's U.S-French Jason altimetric satellite.
PIA10110:
La Niņa Persists
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-04-22 Earth Jason-1
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One of the strongest La Niņas in many years is slowly weakening but continues to blanket the Pacific Ocean near the equator, as shown by new sea-level height data collected by NASA's U.S.-French Jason oceanographic satellite.
PIA10377:
Larger Pacific Climate Event Helps Current La Niņa Linger
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-10-29 Earth OSTM/Jason-2
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Pools of warm water known as Kelvin waves can be seen traveling eastward along the equator (black line) in this image from the NASA/French Space Agency Ocean Surface Topography Mission/Jason-2 satellite.
PIA12334:
Waves That Feed El Niņos
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-12-17 Earth OSTM/Jason-2
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The most recent sea-level height data from the NASA/European Ocean Surface Topography Mission/Jason-2 oceanography satellite show the continued eastward progression of a strong wave of warm water, known as a Kelvin wave, now approaching South America.
PIA12404:
El Niņo Surges; Warm Kelvin Wave Headed for South America
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-03-16 Earth OSTM/Jason-2
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Recent sea-level height data from NASA's Jason-2 oceanography satellite show a weakening of trade winds in western and central equatorial Pacific during late-January through February has triggered yet another strong, eastward-moving Kelvin wave.
PIA12962:
El Niņo's Last Stand?
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-06 Earth OSTM/Jason-2
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The latest image of Pacific Ocean sea surface heights from the NASA's OSTIM/Jason-2 oceanography satellite, on June 11, 2010, shows that Pacific has switched from warm (red) to cold (blue) during the last few months.
PIA14383:
La Niņa's Exit Leaves Climate Forecasts in Limbo
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-12-13 Earth Jason-1
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The latest image of sea-surface height measurements from NASA's U.S./French Jason-1 oceanography satellite shows the Pacific Ocean remains locked in a strong, cool phase of the Pacific Decadal Oscillation.
PIA11710:
Oscillation Rules as the Pacific Cools
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-11-12 Earth OSTM/Jason-2
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ElNiņo is experiencing a late-fall resurgence. Sea-level height data from the NASA/European Ocean Surface Topography Mission/Jason-2 oceanography satellite show the equatorial Pacific has triggered a wave of warm water, known as a Kelvin wave.
PIA12326:
El Niņo Pumping Up, Warm Kelvin Wave Surges Toward South America
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-06-21 Earth TOPEX/Poseidon
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The cold pool of water in the Pacific known as 'La Nina' is beginning to fade, but ocean conditions have not returned to normal, according to scientists studying images from the U.S.-French TOPEX/Poseidon satellite.
PIA00031:
TOPEX El Niņo/La Niņa -La Niņa Begins to Fade, April 7, 1999
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Add Image to Favorite List 1998-07-03 Earth TOPEX/Poseidon
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This image of the Pacific Ocean was produced using sea surface height measurements taken by NASA's U.S.-French TOPEX/Poseidon satellite.
PIA01448:
TOPEX/El Niņo Watch - Warm Water Pool is Thinning, Feb, 5, 1998
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-08-23 Earth TOPEX/Poseidon
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The North Pacific Ocean continues to run hot and cold, with abnormally low sea levels and cool waters in the northeastern Pacific contrasting with unusually high sea levels and warm waters in the northwestern Pacific.
PIA02403:
TOPEX/El Niņo Watch - Pacific Ocean Conditions are Split: Cold in East, Hot in West, July 27, 1999
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Add Image to Favorite List 1998-07-21 Earth TOPEX/Poseidon
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Height measurements taken by NASA's U.S.-French TOPEX/Poseidon satellite. The image shows sea surface height relative to normal ocean conditions on July 11, 1998; sea surface height is an indicator of the heat content of the ocean.
PIA01461:
TOPEX/El Niņo Watch - Satellite shows Pacific Stabilizing, July 11, 1998
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Add Image to Favorite List 1998-09-26 Earth TOPEX/Poseidon
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This image of the Pacific Ocean was produced using sea-surface height measurements taken by NASA's U.S.-French TOPEX/Poseidon satellite.
PIA01474:
TOPEX/El Niņo Watch - Satellite Shows Pacific Running Hot and Cold, September 12, 1998
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Add Image to Favorite List 1998-12-05 Earth TOPEX/Poseidon
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This image of the Pacific Ocean was produced using sea-surface height measurements taken by NASA's U.S.-French TOPEX/Poseidon satellite.
PIA01497:
TOPEX/El Niņo Watch - La Niņa looks "frozen" in Pacific, November 8, 1998
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Add Image to Favorite List 1998-12-05 Earth TOPEX/Poseidon
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This image of the Pacific Ocean was produced using sea-surface height measurements taken by NASA's U.S.-French TOPEX/Poseidon satellite.
PIA01498:
TOPEX/El Niņo Watch - Topex/Poseidon Shows Unusual Pacific, November 29, 1998
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-04-15 Earth TOPEX/Poseidon
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The cold pool of water in the Pacific known as La Niņa still persists, although it is slowly weakening, according to scientists studying new data from NASA's U.S.-French TOPEX/Poseidon satellite.
PIA01526:
TOPEX/El Niņo Watch - La Niņa Hangs On, February 27, 1999
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-08-23 Earth TOPEX/Poseidon
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Lingering just a month ago in the eastern Pacific Ocean, the La Niņa phenomenon, with its large volume of chilly water, barely has a pulse this month, according to new satellite data from NASA's U.S.-French TOPEX/Poseidon mission.
PIA01586:
TOPEX/El Niņo Watch - La Niņa Barely Has a Pulse, June 18, 1999
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-11-18 Earth TOPEX/Poseidon
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A repeat of last year's mild La Niņa conditions -- with a stormy winter in the Pacific Northwest and a dry winter in the southwestern United States -- will be the likely outcome of sea-surface heights observed by NASA's TOPEX/Poseidon satellite.
PIA02436:
TOPEX/El Niņo Watch - La Niņa Conditions Likely to Prevail, October 10, 1999
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-01-21 Earth TOPEX/Poseidon
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A giant horseshoe pattern of higher than normal sea-surface heights developing over the last year is beginning to dominate the entire western Pacific and Asiatic oceans.
PIA02448:
TOPEX/El Niņo Watch - La Niņa Persistence May be Part of Larger Climate Pattern, January 8, 2000
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-01-07 Earth Terra
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On Jan. 7, 2011, NASA's Terra spacecraft captured this image of the inundated city of Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia. Torrential rains in NE Australia caused the Fitzroy River to overflow its banks and flood much of the city.
PIA13775:
Flooding in Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia
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Add Image to Favorite List 2002-07-31 Earth Terra
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The ruins of Machu Picchu, rediscovered in 1911 by Hiram Bingham, are one of the most beautiful and enigmatic ancient sites in the world. This image was acquired by NASA's Terra satellite on June 25, 2001.
PIA03853:
Machu Picchu, Peru
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-09-04 Earth Terra
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NASA's Terra satellite took this anaglyph of several pyrocumulus clouds, created by the Station Fire, visible above the smoke plumes rising from the San Gabriel Mountains north of Los Angeles. 3D glasses are necessary to view this image.
PIA12196:
Smoke from Station Fire Blankets Southern California (Anaglyph)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2002-10-11 Earth Airborne Synthetic Aperture Radar (AIRSAR)
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This radar image, taken by NASA's Airborne Synthetic Aperture Radar (AIRSAR) in 2002, shows Ancharn Kuy, Cambodia.
PIA03870:
Radar Image with Color as Height, Ancharn Kuy, Cambodia
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-08-02 Earth Terra
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This stereo image from NASA's Terra satellite show the Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa volcanoes in Hawaii; a southern face of a line of cumulus clouds off the north coast of Hawaii is also visible. 3D glasses are necessary to view this image.
PIA02616:
MISR Views the Big Island of Hawaii
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-02-26 Earth Terra
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Brightness variations in the terrain along a portion of southwestern Africa are displayed in these views from NASA's Terra spacecraft.
PIA04320:
Seasonal Surface Changes in Namibia and Central Angola
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-11-10 Earth Terra
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This image shows JPL's Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer instrument onboard NASA's Terra satellite on Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009 as it passed over Hurricane Ida while situated between western Cuba and the Yucatan Peninsula.
PIA12349:
MISR High-Resolution, Cross-Track Winds for Hurricane Ida
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Add Image to Favorite List 1998-07-03 Earth TOPEX/Poseidon
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This image of the Pacific Ocean was produced using sea-surface height measurements taken by NASA's U.S.-French TOPEX/Poseidon satellite.
PIA01451:
TOPEX/El Niņo Watch - El Niņo is Still Lingering in the Pacific May 3, 1998
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Add Image to Favorite List 2002-01-22 Earth Landsat
Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM)
C-Band Interferometric Radar
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The influence of topography on the growth of the city of San Diego is seen clearly in this computer-generated perspective viewed from the south.
PIA03330:
Perspective View with Landsat Overlay, San Diego, Calif.
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-05 Earth Terra
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This image from NASA's Terra spacecraft shows the once-abandoned mining town of Silver Peak, Nevada, which began to thrive again when Foote Mineral Company began extracting lithium from brine below the floor of Clayton Valley in 1966.
PIA18553:
Lithium Mining, Nevada
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-03-28 Earth Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM)
C-Band Interferometric Radar
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These two images of the eastern part of the island of Oahu, Hawaii provide information on regional topography and show the relationship between urban development and sensitive ecosystems.
PIA02741:
SRTM Radar Image, Wrapped Color as Height/EarthKam Optical Honolulu, Hawaii
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Add Image to Favorite List 2001-04-05 Earth Landsat
Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM)
C-Band Interferometric Radar
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On January 26, 2001, the city of Bhuj suffered the most deadly earthquake in India's history. This stereoscopic image was generated from NASA's Landsat satellite and data from Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM).
PIA02796:
SRTM Stereo Pair: Bhuj, India, Two Weeks After Earthquake
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-05-01 Earth Spaceborne Imaging Radar-C/X-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar
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This is a radar image of the Rabaul volcano on the island of New Britain, Papua, New Guinea taken almost a month after its September 19, 1994.
PIA01767:
Space Radar Image of Rabaul Volcano, New Guinea
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-10-06 Earth Terra
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The White House, the Jefferson Memorial, and the Washington Monument with its shadow are all visible in this image of Washington, D.C. from NASA's Terra satellite.
PIA02655:
ASTER Washington, D.C.
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-05-04 Earth Terra
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This image, acquired by NASA's Terra spacecraft on May 1, 2011, shows more than 314,000 acres burned in west Texas. The 2011 fire season in Texas is of historic proportions.
PIA14136:
ASTER Images Record Texas Wildfire
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-05-01 Earth Terra
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Northern Arizona is best known for the Grand Canyon. Less widely known are the hundreds of geologically young volcanoes, at least one of which buried the homes of local residents. This image was acquired by NASA's Terra spacecraft.
PIA01910:
Northern Arizona Volcanoes
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-12-21 Earth Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM)
C-Band Interferometric Radar
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Japan's Mt. Fuji presents a beautiful backdrop for the city of Tokyo as seen in this image generated from NASA's Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) data on February 21, 2000.
PIA02793:
Perspective View with Radar Image Overlaid, Color as Height: Mt. Fuji and Tokyo, Japan
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-10-04 Earth Terra
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This image from NASA's Terra satellite in August, 2000, shows the northern tip of the Red Sea, the Gulf of Suez and the Gulf of Aqaba frame the sandy deserts and spectacular mountains of the Sinai Peninsula.
PIA02626:
MISR Views the Middle East
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This simulated image shows how a cloud of glitter in geostationary orbit would be illuminated and controlled by two laser beams. As the cloud orbits Earth, grains scatter the sun's light at different angles like many tiny prisms.
PIA19318:
Orbiting Rainbows Simulation
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-11-20 Earth Terra
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On Nov. 8, 2013, NASA's Terra spacecraft acquired this image of Super Typhoon Haiyan as it tore across the central Philippines, leaving a trail of destruction in its path. Among the worst-hit areas is eastern Leyte island and the city of Tacloban.
PIA17700:
NASA Spacecraft Shows Before/After of Typhoon Haiyan's Devastation
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Add Image to Favorite List 2002-05-15 Earth Terra
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The mighty river featured in this image is called the Yarlung Tsangpo in China, and is then known as the Dikrong during its passage through India's state of Arunachal Pradesh. This image from NASA's Terra satellite is MISR Mystery Image Quiz #8.
PIA03708:
Where on Earth...? MISR Mystery Image Quiz #8:
Yarlung Tsangpo River, China

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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-09-24 Earth OSTM/Jason-2
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NASA's Ocean Surface Topography Mission (OSTM)/Jason-2, launched on June 20, 2008, wasted no time getting to work. The satellite's radar altimeter collected its first data a little more than 48 hours after launch.
PIA11197:
Newest Ocean-Observing Satellite Records Recent Sea Level Changes
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-08-25 Earth QuikScat
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The SeaWinds instrument onboard NASA's new QuikScat ocean-viewing satellite captured this image of Hurricane Dora in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean on August 10, as it was blowing at speeds of nearly 40 meters per second (90 miles per hour).
PIA02404:
SeaWinds Radar Clocks Hurricane Dora's Wind Speeds
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