Rare Sahara Snow

Rare Sahara Snow

On Jan. 8, 2018, the European Space Agency (ESA) Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission captured rare snowfall in northwest Algeria, on the edge of the Sahara desert”only the third time in nearly 40 years that this part of the desert has seen snow.

Naples at Night

Naples at Night

Crew aboard the International Space Station photographed the city lights of Naples and the Campania region of southern Italy. The Naples region is one of the brightest in the country; roughly 3 million people live in and around this metropolitan area.

˜Cloud Streets' in the Sea of Okhotsk

˜Cloud Streets' in the Sea of Okhotsk

Frigid air blowing from Eastern Russia created dramatic cloud formations over the Sea of Okhotsk on Nov. 25, 2017, with the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA's Terra satellite acquiring a true-color image of the stunning scene.

Antarctica's Thurston Island

Antarctica's Thurston Island

The European Space Agency (ESA) Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission provides radar vision over part of Antarctica's third-largest island, Thurston Island, seeing through clouds and in the dark, making it a valuable tool for monitoring polar regions prone to bad weather and long periods of darkness.

Apollo 4 Test Flight Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Apollo 4 Test Flight Celebrates 50th Anniversary

On Nov. 9, 1967, the uncrewed Apollo 4 test flight made a great ellipse around Earth as a test of the translunar motors and high-speed entry required of a crewed flight returning from the moon. A 70-millimeter camera was programmed to look out a window toward Earth and take a series of photographs from high apogee.

Southern Italy and Sicily from Space Station

Southern Italy and Sicily from Space Station

A photo of Southern Italy and Sicily was captured by ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli aboard the International Space Station. Nespoli currently is working and living aboard the International Space Station as part of the Italian Space Agency long-duration mission VITA....

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