Aqua Satellite Images of Earth

Wired posted their favorite Images from NASA’s Aqua Satellite today. The Aqua satellite circles Earth taking photos that study water, water vapor and the interaction of water and land and humans. My favorites are the ones that show volcanic eruption clouds of ash and smoke!

One of the stars of NASA’s fleet of satellites is Aqua. The satellite is named for its ability to measure water vapor in the atmosphere, water in the oceans, as well as ice and snow. When it was launched on May 4, 2002, scientists expected it to work for three to five years. But its six instruments have been functioning perfectly for 10 years, gathering 29 million gigabytes of data in that time. [Wired]

Mount Etna is Europe's most active volcano. Aqua captured this image of Etna erupting on Oct. 28, 2002.

Iceland Volcano eruption

Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull Volcano erupted in 2010, coating Iceland with ash and repeatedly grounding air traffic in Europe. In this image, taken by Aqua on May 12, 2010, the volcano's ash rises above the clouds.

Check out Wired for the rest of the images.

-Mike

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