Two decades of planetary change are available to explore in NASA's Worldview. Source: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/LK WardTwo decades of planetary change are available to explore in NASA's Worldview. Source: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/LK Ward

The fruits of the longest continuous daily global satellite observation record of Earth ever compiled are now publicly accessible. Imagery documented by NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites, launched in 1999 and 2002, respectively, is now available for exploration.

All global Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) imagery dating back to the operational start of MODIS in 2000 can be accessed through NASA’s Global Imagery Browse Services (GIBS) for viewing using the agency’s Worldview application.

GIBS provides access to more than 600 satellite imagery products covering every part of the world. Worldview pulls imagery from GIBS and allows users to interactively overlay all of these data products on top of a MODIS global base map from Terra or Aqua. Worldview users can even create data animations at the touch of a button and easily share imagery. Both GIBS and Worldview are part of NASA’s Earth Observing System Data and Information System, which provides end-to-end capabilities for managing NASA Earth-observing data.

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