Thick plumes of smoke billow across the landscape from the West Fork Complex fire, burning in southwestern Colorado near Pagosa Springs in June 2013. This photo was taken by astronauts aboard the International Space Station during Expedition 36. (NASA)
Earth observations from human space flight serve as a unique record of environmental change on Earth. These photographs provide valuable information that allows a better understanding of our planet from many perspectives and is helpful in monitoring impacts from environmental emergencies and natural disasters.