Introduction

Earth is made up of complex, interactive systems that create a constantly changing world that we are striving to understand. From the vantage point of space, we are able to observe our planet globally, using sensitive instruments to understand the delicate balance among its oceans, air, land, and life. NASA satellite observations help study and predict weather, drought, pollution, climate change, and many other phenomena that affect the environment, economy, and society.

Significant Events

For a deeper dive into NASA's Earth science mission, visit NASA's Earth Science Division and NASA's Earth Observatory.

Notable Explorers

Careers

10 Careers That Explore Space

1

Astronaut

Astronauts pave the way for human exploration beyond our Earth. They are pilots, scientists, engineers, teachers, and more.

2

Project Manager

Project managers guide missions from concept to completion, working closely with team members to accomplish what they set out to do.  

3

Rover Camera Operator

A camera payload uplink lead writes software commands that tell a rover what pictures to take.

The first thing that fired my imagination for planetary science was when the NASA Voyager spacecraft discovered active volcanoes on Jupiter's moon Io.

4

Artist

Melding science with design, artists create everything from large-scale installations to the NASA posters hanging in your bedroom. 

5

Media Specialist

Media specialists tells stories across social media and help feature missions and people on TV and in films, books, magazines, and news sites. 

6

Writer/Producer

Writers/producers capture the incredible stories of NASA's missions and people and share them with the world. 

7

Administrator/Director

Administrators and directors work out of NASA headquarters, prioritizing science questions and seeking to expand the frontiers of discovery.

8

Educator

Whether it's introducing kids to space or teaching physics to PhD candidates, educators help share their knowledge with the public.

9

Engineer

Engineers design and build all types of machines, from what a spacecraft looks like to the software that directs where a rover goes each day. 

10

Scientist

From an astrophysicist to a volcanologist, scientists of all types pose questions and help find answers to the mysteries of our universe.

The important thing about being a scientist or an engineer is learning how to think critically, learning how to be creative, learning problem solving and learning how to learn.

Explore in 3D

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