On December 18th, 1999 NASA launched the Terra Earth Observing Satellite into orbit, and today it's celebrating its milestone 5,000th day in space. Terra is equipped with five instruments from three countries, and is the flagship Earth Observing Satellite. Besides taking beautiful pictures of our planet, it also has important science applications.
If you watch only one breakdancing video today, let it be this one of 6-year-old Bgirl Terra vanquishing the competition at Chelles Battle Pro 2013's "Baby Battle." Good luck picking your jaw up off the floor afterwards.
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While people on Earth were looking up to see the moon pass in front of the sun during last weekend's spectacular annular eclipse, astronauts and satellites were looking down. What they saw was decidedly less dramatic than a fiery ring around the black disk of the moon, but no less awe-inspiring. Instead, they saw the shadow our lunar neighbor cast.
Residents of the northeast U.S. coast got a bit of a surprise this past weekend when a freak snowstorm dumped a load of heavy, wet snow well in advance of November. The storm, dubbed Snowtober, apparently broke records across the coast, dropping 32 inches of snow in some areas and leaving over 3 million homes without power. Amazingly, this storm actually did more damage in some areas than Hurricane Irene did.
Now, a totally different view of the weather comes from NASA's Terra satellite, which captured the above image on October 30th. Doesn't seem so bad from up there.