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Chinese navy warships and fighter jets during a military display in the South China Sea.

Satellite images show China building a big aircraft carrier believed to be its first modern flattop

Incredible satellite images show the ongoing construction of China's third aircraft carrier, which will likely be the country's first modern flattop.
Before and after satellite images of Kargilik Mosque in Xinjiang.

Before-and-after photos show how China is destroying historical sites to monitor and intimidate its Muslim minority

China is waging and unprecedented crackdown on a Muslim minority called the Uighurs, who live in the country's western frontier region.
An active logging site near Groveland, California.

23 images that show how much we’ve reshaped planet Earth over the last century

Humans have had an unmistakable impact on Earth — one that pops out in sharp relief in this collection of before-and-after images.
North Brother Island is hidden in one of the busiest cities in the world.

New York City owns a creepy island that almost no one is allowed to visit — here’s what it’s like

North Brother Island has a long history that's checkered with disease, death, and decay.
A woman sits in a super bloom of poppies near Lake Elsinore, California.

Satellites just photographed California’s dazzling ‘super bloom’ of spring flowers from outer space

As orange poppies went through a "super bloom" in Southern California, a satellite recorded images of the colors (and tourists) while orbiting Earth.
A photo of China's Chang'e 4 lander, which landed on the moon's far side on January 3, 2019. The mission's rover took this picture.

Amazing NASA satellite photos show China’s new lunar lander and rover on the far side of the moon

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter photographed China's Chang'e 4 lander and rover on the moon's far side (not "dark side").
A satellite view of Paradise, California, on November 8, 2018.

Satellite images show how the Camp Fire destroyed entire towns and killed dozens of people

Satellites in space took pictures of Paradise, California, and the nearby town of Magalia as the Camp Fire burned much of the two places to ashes.
A satellite view of Paradise, California, on November 8, 2018.

Satellite photos of the California wildfires reveal their incredible destruction from space

NASA and commercial satellites are photographing the Camp, Hill, and Woolsey wildfires from space. New satellite images show the unfolding disasters.

For 8 years, Google’s satellites wouldn’t map an obscure area in Nevada where an experimental military site exists — and there’...

Google Earth did not update its satellite image of an experimental military base in southwestern Nevada for eight years, according to Motherboard. Updates typically take place every 30 days.
A satellite view of the Mississippi River in April 2018.

Satellite images reveal humanity’s abusive relationship with Earth’s most precious resource

Here are some of the most telling satellite pictures of rivers (which we sourced primarily from NASA Earth Observatory) and what they reveal about our close and often contentious relationship with vital waterways.