Earth Day 2013

Happy Earth Day! Here, we take a look at how the Crew Earth Observations payload ties International Space Station research to Earth Science by serving as a remote sensing platform to take imagery of our beautiful planet.


From Night to Day to Night Again

From Night to Day to Night Again

This time-lapse video, which has gained popularity very quickly on our YouTube channel, features the International Space Station completing two and a half orbits around the Earth during one short video. More time-lapse videos

Image Detective

Become an Image Detective for NASA!

Haven't you always wanted to associate those amazing photographs of our beautiful planet taken from space with their specific locations on the Earth? With the Image Detective web page, you can do just that! By doing so, you will help to locate hundreds of thousands of images and also enhance your geography skills at the same time. Read more

International Disaster Charter imagery

International Disaster Charter

The International Space Station Science Program has paired with the International Disaster Charter as a remote sensing platform for natural disasters on Earth. Read more

Response to fires in Ecuador
Response to flooding in Krasnodar, Russia

Science Quicklooks

Science Quicklooks

The crew onboard ISS is able to take spectacular photographs of the Earth, and if they are very talented, to capture a dynamic event or special feature. These photos are found by the CEO team and a small write-up is constructed for the crew to show them the science we gained from their photography.

Google Earth/YouTube Time-Lapse Tour

Google Earth/YouTube Time-Lapse Tour

Ever watch those great time-lapse videos from the ISS and wonder where on Earth you're looking? In this side-by-side tour, the user will watch the time-lapse video on the left, and an accompanying Google Earth tour that flies along with the video.

Also watch "Mexico to New Brunswick" tour


Crew Earth Observations Team's Top "Pics" of the Week

Favorite Astronaut Tweeted Photo: Sahara Desert (Tom Marshburn)

Tom Marshburn: "The Eye of the Sahara sculpted by meteor impact and wind."

This astronaut photograph was taken of the western Sahara Desert in northern Africa, in the country of Mauritania. In the far right of the image is the Richat Structure, otherwise known as the "Eye of the Sahara". This dome was formed during the Paleozoic era, and scientists are unsure as to how it was formed. The Richat Structure is a favorite among astronauts to photograph because of its unique shape and dramatic contrast against the clay-colored Sahara Desert. Read more
Sahara Desert

CEO's Favorite Astro Photo of the Week: Popocatepetl Volcano erupting

Popocatepetl Volcano is one of Mexico's most active volcanoes, has been in a period of eruption on and off since 2011, with several other eruption periods in history. This astronaut photograph, captured on April 13, was taken as the Expedition 35 crew was traveling northeast over Mexico. At the bottom right of the image, there are fires breaking out around the volcano. Read more
Popocatepetl Volcano Eruption

Astro Image of Dynamic Earth Science Event in History: Front of a Sandstorm

Sandstorms are a common occurence near the Persian Gulf, northeastern Africa, and Middle East area, and make for an awe-striking photograph from space. This striking photograph shows a massive sandstorm sweeping over the Persian Gulf state of Qatar as it races southward toward southeastern Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on February 15, 2004. A major upper level low pressure over southwestern Asia led to a series of storms sweeping through the area. The crew of the International Space Station acquired this image with a digital camera using a 50-mm lens. Read more
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