Space Station's Data Rate Increase Supports Future Exploration
NASA recently doubled the rate at which data from the International Space Station returns to Earth, paving the way for similar future upgrades on Gateway, NASA’s upcoming outpost in lunar orbit, and other exploration missions. This new data rate will enable the space station to send back more science data faster than ever before.
In Solar System’s Symphony, Earth’s Magnetic Field Drops the Beat
Inside Earth's magnetic bubble, scientists have long been listening in on space sounds created by various electromagnetic waves, and now they've found one that booms like a drum.
Felix Baumgartner aims to be the first human to break the sound barrier in a freefall, departing a balloon-slung gondola at 121,000 feet -- the edge of space.
Kyoto and Osaka
The Copernicus Sentinel-2B satellite takes us over Kyoto, shown in the top right, and Osaka, seen in the bottom left of this image. This striking false-colour image captures two of Japan’s larger cities, which are home to 1.5 and 2.7 million people, respectively. Both are, of course, significantly smaller than the capital. Greater Tokyo has a population of around 38 million, making it the largest megacity in the world.
World of Change: Columbia Glacier, Alaska
The Columbia Glacier descends from an ice field 10,000 feet (3,050 meters) above sea level, down the flanks of the Chugach Mountains, and into a narrow inlet that leads into Prince William Sound in southeastern Alaska. It is one of the most rapidly changing glaciers in the world.
Satellite Imagery Shows Hawaii Volcano Lava Flow
NASA's Terra spacecraft shows Hawaii's Kilauea volcano continues to create new land as flows from fissure 8, one of the most active to break ground since the eruption began in early May, reach the ocean.
Lake Huron, the second largest of the five Great Lakes of North America. Bound on the north and east by the Canadian province of Ontario and on the south and west by the state of Michigan in the U.S., Lake Huron was the first of the Great Lakes to be seen by Europeans in 1615.
Mount Mayon, Philippines
Luzon is the biggest island in the Philippines and home to most of the country’s active volcanoes. This volcanism is associated with plate tectonic processes where the floor of the South China Sea is being drawn down into the mantle along the Manila Trench, which is to the west of the island.