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

USRA is an independent, nonprofit research corporation where the combined efforts of in-house talent and university-based expertise merge to advance space science and technology. USRA works across disciplines including biomedicine, planetary science, astrophysics, and engineering and integrates those competencies into applications ranging from fundamental research to facility management and operations. USRA engages the creativity and authoritative expertise of the research community to develop and deliver sophisticated, forward-looking solutions to Federal agencies and other government sponsors.

About the EPOD staff

Jim Foster worked as a research scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center for more than 37 years before retiring in 2014. He's been involved with the Earth Science Picture of the Day (EPOD) on a day-to-day basis since its conception in 2000; helping to write captions for the photos/images and providing links that help explain what the photos portray. EPOD took shape in 1999 following meetings with Martin Ruzek (USRA) and Jerry Bonnell (Astronomy Picture of the Day). The thrust of these meetings was to produce a picture of the day web-site dedicated primarily to the earth sciences. 

Erin Senoz has been working with EPOD since 2011 and is the USRA representative for the site. She acts as webmaster for epod.usra.edu and advocates for resources to enhance content and further EPOD’s future.

Cadan Cummings is a new addition to the EPOD team who started in May 2021. His role is to help schedule and edit upcoming posts as well as oversee projects to expand the social media presence and engagement of EPOD. Having a background in photography and GIS mapping, Cadan is devoted to continuing the work of EPOD to communicate earth sciences through daily posts and informative educational links.