About Earth Science Picture of the Day

The Earth Science Picture of the Day (EPOD) highlights the diverse processes and phenomena which shape our planet and our lives. EPOD will collect and archive photos, imagery, graphics, and artwork with short explanatory captions and links exemplifying features within the Earth system. The community is invited to contribute digital imagery, short captions and relevant links.

About the Universities Space Research Association

Established in 1969 by the National Academy of Sciences, the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) is a private, nonprofit consortium of 105 universities offering advanced degrees in space- and aeronautics-related disciplines. USRA's mission is to conduct leading-edge research, develop innovative technologies, promote space-related education and policy, and operate premier science/technology facilities by involving universities, private industry and government.

About NASA's Earth Sciences Division and the Earth Observatory

The NASA Earth Sciences Division plans, organizes, evaluates, and carries out a broad program of scientific research, both theoretical and experimental, to study the Earth. This includes basic research, the development of satellite missions and instruments, mission operations, and data analysis and distribution. As part of its education and public outreach initiatives, the division provides freely-available scientific visualizations of Earth Science research through web-based publications such as the award winning Earth Observatory and Visible Earth. The mission of these and other related websites is to share with the public the images, stories, and discoveries about climate and the environment that emerge from NASA research, including its satellite missions, airborne and ground-based field experiments, and climate and Earth system modeling.