As the World Burns

NASA has released a series of new satellite data visualizations that “show tens of millions of fires detected worldwide from space” between July 2002 and July 2011. The visualizations were produced by the MODerate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, or MODIS, instruments onboard NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites. And they help scientists understand how fires affect our environment on local, regional and global scales — one of the many unexpected things that come out of NASA space missions. h/t holykaw

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