Planet Earth

NASA's View of Natural Disasters

A gallery of various images of our home planet taken by NASA's Earth-observing satellites.

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The Nile Delta, as seen by the crew on board the International Space Station.

A bitter winter grips the UK.

Sand storms blow in the Middle East.

The huge BP oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 was tracked from space. This really brings home, ironically, just how awful this event was.

Satellites are used to track the growth and decay of sea ice at high latitudes.

Two huge hurricanes surged across the Atlantic at the same time, as seen in this view from summer 2010.

France at night, as seen by the International Space Station crew.

This incredible low-pressure system blew across the US in 2010.

A giant hurricane in the Atlantic, captured by a NASA satellite.

NASA's Terra satellite was use to make this whole-Earth cloud map.

Dust from glacially crushed boulders blows into the ocean off the coast of Alaska.

A wildfire broke out in the summer of 2010 just west of Boulder, Colorado, and the ash plume blew almost due east.

Using different instruments, satellites can measure atmospheric aerosol levels, ground elevations, and more.

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