Snowstorm from space

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NASA's climate-monitoring Terra satellite snapped this true-color photograph of the U.S. Northeast and Mid-Atlantic on Tuesday, just a day after a massive snowstorm blanketed the area. (The state borders, of course, are superimposed.) Terra's MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) instrument captured this image; with the help of another MODIS instrument on a partner satellite, Aqua, NASA is able to fully cover the Earth every one to two days. In February, Aqua's MODIS team released a space-borne look at the bushfires then burning in southeastern Australia.

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