Greece with Peloponisos, Aegean sea and the beautiful islands, from space.
These images, taken by the Landsat-5 satellite on April 9, 2011, illustrate the challenges facing firefighters combating two large wildfires in northern Mexico’s Coahuila state. The fires are burning on steep mountain slopes that are difficult to impossible for ground crews to reach. Image created by Jesse Allen, using Landsat 5 data provided by the United States Geological Survey.
When a satellite runs out of fuel, there are really only a couple options: Quietly become a piece of space junk, or fall back to Earth in a blaze of glory. But a new space gas station will fill ‘em up, ensuring satellites can keep on trucking and preventing the proliferation of orbiting garbage.
The Mississippi River—North America‘s largest—unfurls like a teal ribbon through towns, fields, and pastures on the Arkansas-Mississippi border in a 2003 satellite picture. Overall, the Earth as Art collections provide “fresh and inspiring glimpses of different parts of our planet’s complex surface,” according to the USGS. Image courtesy EROS/USGS/NASA
Ostrov Shikotan (or Shikotan-to) is a volcanic island at the southern end of the Kuril chain. At about 43 degrees North—more than halfway to the Equator—Shikotan lies along the extreme southern edge of winter sea ice in the Northern Hemisphere.