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Terrestrial Tour: Firefighting from Space

Earth-observing satellites offer a unique perspective of fires before, during, and after the damage is done.


Special Thanks: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Earth Observing System. Scientific Visualization Studio, USDA Forest Service
Produced by: Space Telescope Science Institute, Office of Public Outreach
All images and animations courtesy of NASA and the Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

  • Fischer Fire photo by Dan Fiorito and compliments of

  • Esperanza Fire photo copyright AP/Ric Francis

  • Elk Bath photo by John McColgan, Alaskan Type I Incident Management Team, Bureau of Land Management, Alaska Fire Service

  • Mount Stromlo Observatory photo copyright Stephen Byron

  • Nuttall Complex Fire photos by Lance Lines, University of Arizona Police Department

  • Hayman Fire smoke plume photos courtesy of Chris Peterson and the USDA Forest Service

  • Lightning photo credit NOAA Photo Library, NOAA Central Library; DAR/ERL/National Severe Storms Laboratory

  • Rabbit Creek Fire aftermath photo by Bob Nichols, U.S. Department of Agriculture

  • Photo of smoke in downtown Denver copyright AP/Zalubowski

  • Photo of trees in Pike National Forest burned by the Hayman Fire courtesy of Jack Carlson

  • Nuttall Complex Fire aftermath photos by Ron Smallwood and Lance Lines, University of Arizona Police Department

  • Waterman Canyon photo by Robert Meyer, U.S. Geological Survey

  • Cheesman Reservoir aerial photo by Erik Martinson, Colorado State University

  • Photo of sediment flowing into Cheesman Reservoir courtesy of the USDA Forest Service

  • Hydrophobic soil photo by Bob Nichols, U.S. Department of Agriculture

  • Written by Vanessa Thomas

  • Designed by John Godfrey

  • Music courtesy of Associated Production Music


All narration is presented in text form within the video. In addition, a full transcript will be available in the Library in the near future. Check back soon!