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1) ”Bright Auroras Light Up the Sky and the Land,” NASA Earth Observatory, Image of the day for 21 November 2018, URL:

2) ”Smokier and Smokier Skies in India,” NASA Earth Observatory, Image of the day for 02 November 2018, URL:

3) ”A Fire in the Middle of the Atlantic Ocean?,” NASA Earth Observatory, Image of the day for October 2018, URL:

4) ”An Outflow Boundary—Not a Jellyfish—Over Africa,” NASA Earth Observatory, Image of the day for 6 October 2018, URL:

5) ”Typhoon Mangkhut Reaches Luzon,” NASA Earth Observatory, Image of the day for 16 September 2018, URL:

6) ”Watery Heatwave Cooks the Gulf of Maine,” NASA Earth Observatory, Image of the day for 12 September 2018, URL:

7) ”Just Another Day on Aerosol Earth,” NASA Earth Observatory, Image of the day for 24 August 2018, URL:

8) ”Record Warm Waters off Southern California,” NASA Earth Observatory, Image of the day for 8 August 2018, URL:

9) ”Heatwave Turns Europe Brown,” NASA Earth Observatory, 30 July 2018, URL:

10) ”Hazardous Pre-Monsoon Dust Pollution,” NASA Earth Observatory, 19 June 2018, URL:

11) ”A Manmade Volcano over Norilsk,” NASA Earth Observatory, 8 June 2018, URL:

12) ”A Deadly Eruption Rocks Guatemala,” NASA Earth Observatory, 5 June 2018, URL:

13) ”Weeks of Extreme Weather in India,” NASA Earth Observatory, 25 May 2018, URL:

14) ”Sulfur Dioxide Leaks from Kilauea,” NASA Earth Observatory, 9 May 2018, URL:

15) ”Sun Sends an Early Earth Day Greeting,” NASA, Earth Observatory, 24 April 2018, URL:

16) ”Forest Fires in Russia’s Far East,” NASA Earth Observatory, 7 April 2018, URL:

17) ”Spring Fires in Kaliningrad,” NASA Earth Observatory, 27 March 2018, URL:

18) ”It’s Fire Season in Southeast Asia,” NASA Earth Observatory, 1 March 2018, URL:

19) ”Suomi NPP satellite sees South Korea before the 2018 Winter Olympics,” NOAA/NESDIS, 8 Feb. 2018, URL:

20) ”South Atlantic Abloom,” NASA Earth Observatory, 6 Jan. 2018, URL:

21) ”Observing Changes in Nighttime Lights,” NASA Earth Observatory, 27 Dec. 2017, URL:

22) ”Cyclone Ockhi,” NASA Earth Observatory, 6 Dec. 2017, URL:

23) ”Tracking the Sulfur Dioxide from Mount Agung,” NASA Earth Observatory, 29 Nov. 2017, URL:

24) ”Clouds Near Australia,” NASA Earth Observatory, 26 Nov. 2017, URL:

25) ”NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP Satellite Gets 2 Looks at Hurricane Maria,” NASA, 25, Sept. 2017, URL:

26) ”A Menacing Line of Hurricanes,” NASA Earth Observatory, 9 Sept. 2017, URL:

27) ”Hot Water Ahead for Hurricane Irma,” NASA Earth Observatory, 6 Sept. 2017, URL:

28) ”Smoke Pall Spans the United States,” NASA Earth Observatory, 6 Sept. 2017, URL:

29) ”Harvey Churned Up and Cooled Down the Gulf,” NASA Earth Observatory, Sept. 3, 2017, URL:

30) Lihang Zhou, Murty Divakarla, Xingpin Liu, Fuzhong Weng, Changyong Cao, Ivan Csiszar, Mitch Goldberg, ”Overview of CAL VAL and environment data product performance derived from Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS),” Proceedings of IGARSS 2017 (IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium), Fort Worth, Texas, USA, July 23–28, 2017

31) ”Wildfires Light Up Portugal,” NASA Earth Observatory, June 20, 2017, URL:

32) ”Night Lights Change in the Middle East,” NASA, Earth Observatory, May 16, 2017, URL:

33) ”New Full-hemisphere Views of Earth at Night,” NASA, April 12, 2017, URL:

34) ”New Night Lights Maps Open Up Possible Real-Time Applications,” NASA, April 12, 2017, URL:

35) ”River in the Sky Keeps Flowing Over the West,” NASA Earth Observatory, Feb. 22, 2017, URL:

36) ”Drought Turns to Deluge in California,” NASA Earth Observatory, Feb. 14, 2017, URL:

37) Cynthia M. O'Carroll, Rob Gutro, ”NASA Awards Engineering Services Contract for the Suomi National Polar-Orbiting Partnership Satellite,” NASA, Release 17-02, Feb. 13, 2017, URL:

38) ”Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership,” Ball Aerospace, URL:


40) ”Smog and Haze in Northern China,” NASA Earth Observatory, Dec. 7, 2016, URL:

41) ”A Stream of Smoke in Northern India,” NASA Earth Observatory, Nov. 5, 2016, URL:

42) ”NOAA Celebrates Five-Year Anniversary of Suomi NPP Launch,” JPSS/NOAA, Oct. 28, 2016, URL:

43) ”A Nearly Ice-Free Northwest Passage,” NASA Earth Observatory, Aug. 20, 2016, URL:

44) ”JPSS Satellites Help Ships Navigate the Northwest Passage,” JPSS/NOAA, Sept. 30, 2016, URL:

45) Kathryn Hansen, ”Bloom in the Gulf of Alaska,” NASA Earth Observatory, June 25, 2016, URL:

46) Lynn Jenner, ”Agricultural Blazes Fire Up Central Africa,” NASA, June 15, 2016, URL:

47) ”Milky Way now hidden from a third of humanity,” NOAA News & Features, June 10, 2016, URL:

48) Fabio Falchi, Pierantonio Cinzano, Dan Duriscoe, Christopher C. M. Kyba, Christopher D. Elvidge, Kimberly Baugh, Boris A. Portnov, Nataliya A. Rybnikova, Riccardo Furgoni,” The new world atlas of artificial night sky brightness,” Science Advances, 10 Jun 2016, Vol. 2, No. 6, e1600377, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1600377

49) ”Light Pollution Effects on Wildlife and Ecosystems,” IDA (International Dark-Sky Association), URL:

50) ”Information About Sea Turtles: Threats from Artificial Lighting,” Sea Turtle Conservancy, URL:

51) James R Winsley, Ilan van Wesel, Scott Humphries, Shiju Nair, Brennan Nowak, Scott T. Low, Garland Dixon, Anthony Galvan, Robert Harpold, Sean Lyons, Christopher Kilzer, Kevin Gross, Bruce Macomber, ”S-NPP Risk Mitigation Maneuver Response Time Optimization via Pre-verified Maneuver Sequences,” Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Space Operations (SpaceOps 2016), Daejeon, Korea, May 16-20, 2016, paper: AIAA 2016 2443, URL:

52) ”The Taklimakan Desert: A Factory for Dust Storms,” NASA Earth Observatory, May 3, 2016, URL:

53) ”Aurora Colors Skies Over Northern Europe,” NASA Earth Observatory, March 9, 2016, URL:

54) ”All Stirred Up in the Arabian Sea,” NASA Earth Observatory, Jan. 27, 2016, URL:

55) Lynn Jenner, Rob Gutro, ”NASA Sees a Line of Fires Across Central Africa,” NASA, Dec. 1, 2015, URL:

56) Harry A. Cikanek III, Mitchell D. Goldberg, ”United States Plans for Continuity of Operational Polar Weather and Environmental Observations,” Proceedings of the 66th International Astronautical Congress (IAC 2015), Jerusalem, Israel, Oct.12-16, 2015, paper: IAC-15-B1.2.11

57) Lynn Jenner, “Northwestern Fires By Night,” NASA, Aug. 21, 2015, URL:

58) Mike Carlowicz, Norman Kuring, Dennis McGillicuddy, Don Anderson, and Heidi Sosik, “Dynamic Spring Weather in North Atlantic Waters,” NASA Earth Observatory, May 26, 2015, URL:

59) “Persistent Dust Storms on the Southern Arabian Peninsula,” NASA Earth Observatory, Feb. 25, 2015, URL:

60) Audrey Haar, John Leslie, “NASA-NOAA Suomi NPP Satellite Team Ward Off Recent Space Debris Threat,” NASA, Oct. 22, 2014, URL:

61) Rob Gutro, “Suomi NPP Satellite Data Used for Mitigating Aviation Related Volcanic Hazards,” NASA/GSFC, Sept. 25, 2014, URL:

62) “Saharan Dust on the Move,” NASA Earth Observatory, July 5, 2014, URL:

63) Kathryn Hansen, “NASA Reveals New Results From Inside the Ozone Hole,” NASA, Dec. 11, 2013, URL:

64) Steven D. Miller, William Straka, III, Stephen P. Mills, Christopher D. Elvidge, Thomas F. Lee, Jeremy Solbrig, Andi Walther, Andrew K. Heidinger, Stephanie C. Weiss,” Illuminating the capabilities of the Suomi NPP VIIRS Day/Night Band,” Remote Sensing 5, Dec. 6, 2013, pp: 6717-6766, ISSN- 2072-4292, URL:

65) Jeffery Puschell, “An improved satellite imager for year-round Arctic monitoring,” SPIE Newsroom, Oct. 6, 2014, URL:

66) Bob King, “Russian Fireball Inspires Journey into the World of Meteorites,” Universe Today, Feb. 24, 2013, URL:

67) Kathryn Hansen, and NASA's Earth Science News Team, “Around the World in Four Days: NASA Tracks Chelyabinsk Meteor Plume,” NASA/GSFC, Aug. 14, 2013, URL:

68) Tony Phillips, “NASA Tracks Russian Meteor Plume,” NASA, August 15, 2013, URL:

69) “Tracking Dust Across the Atlantic,” NASA, Earth Observatory, Aug. 29, 2013, URL:

70) “Tracking dust across the Atlantic,” NASA, Sept. 5, 2013, URL:

71) Pierre C. Guillevic, Jeffrey L. Privette, Yunyue Yu, Frank M. Goettsche, Glynn Hulley, Albert Olioso , José Sobrinog, Tilden Meyers, Darren Ghent, Annika Bork-Unkelbach, Dominique Courault, Miguel O. Román, Simon Hook, Ivan Csiszar,” Proceedings of IGARSS (IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium), Melbourne, Australia, July 21-26, 2013,

72) “Vegetation as Seen by Suomi NPP,” SpaceRef, June 21, 2013, URL:

73) Ken Kremer, “Herbal Earth: Spectacular Vegetation Views of Our Home Planet and the Natural World of Living Green Life,” Universe Today, June 22, 2013, URL:

74) “Green: Vegetation on Our Planet,” NOAA, June 19, 2013, URL:

75) Steve Cole, Rani Gran, “NASA Transfers Operational Control of Environmental Satellite,” NASA Press release No 13-068, March 4, 2013, URL:

76) “NOAA assumes full operational responsibilities of environmental satellite,” NOAA News, March 4, 2013, URL:

77) Jack Xiong, Changyong Cao, Frank DeLuccia, Bruce Guenther, Jim Butler, “S-NPP VIIRS On-orbit Calibration and Performance,” 12th Annual JACIE (Joint Agency Commercial Imagery Evaluation) Workshop , St. Louis, MO, USA, April 16-18, 2013, URL:

78) Steve Cole, John Leslie, Rani Gran, Aries Keck, “NASA-NOAA Satellite Reveals New Views of Earth at Night,” NASA, Dec. 05, 2012, URL:

79) Aries Keck, Laura Betz, Christina Coleman, Ellen Gray, “Suomi NPP: Approaching the One-Year Anniversary of its Launch,” The Earth Observer, September - October 2012, Volume 24, Issue 5, pp. 16-23

80) “Sandy after Landfall,” NASA Earth Observatory, Oct. 30, 2012, URL:

81) “NASA Adds Up Hurricane Sandy's Rainfall from Space,” NASA, Nov. 1, 2012, URL:

82) “Suomi NPP Satellite Captures Hurricane Sandy's Mid-Atlantic Blackout,” Space Daily, Nov. 2, 2012, URL:

83) Donald Hillger, Thomas Kopp, Thomas Lee, Daniel Lindsey, Curtis Seaman, Steven Miller, Jeremy Solbrig, Stanley Kidder, Scott Bachmeier, Tommy Jasmin, Tom Rink, “First-light imagery from Suomi NPP VIIRS,” BAMS, Vol. 94, Issue 7, July 2013, pp: 1019–1029, URL:

84) Christina A. Coleman, “Images in an Instant: Suomi NPP Begins Direct Broadcast,” NASA Press Release, July 6, 2012, URL:

85) Dwayne Brown, Cynthia O'Carroll, John Leslie, “Multi-Agency Satellite BeginsClimate and Weather Studies,” NASA, NOAA, March 7, 2012, URL:

86) “Multi-Agency Satellite Begins Climate and Weather Studies,” Space Daily, March 14, 2012, URL:

87) “Infrared Sounder on NASA's Suomi NPP Starts its Mission,” NASA, Feb. 8, 2012, URL:

88) “Ozone Suite on Suomi NPP Continues More Than 30 Years of Ozone Data,” NASA,Release No 12-018, Feb. 23, 2012, URL:

89) “'First Light' Taken by NASA's Newest CERES Instrument,” NASA, Feb. 1, 2012, URL:

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92) “First Global Image from VIIRS,” NASA, acquired Nov. 24, 2011, URL:

93) “VIIRS First Light,” NASA, Nov. 23, 2011, URL:

94) “NASA's NPP Satellite Acquires First ATMS Measurements,” Nov. 10, 2011, URL:

The information compiled and edited in this article was provided by Herbert J. Kramer from his documentation of: ”Observation of the Earth and Its Environment: Survey of Missions and Sensors” (Springer Verlag) as well as many other sources after the publication of the 4th edition in 2002. - Comments and corrections to this article are always welcome for further updates (