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Land surface temperature is how hot the “surface” of the Earth would feel to the touch in a particular location. From a satellite’s point of view, the “surface” is whatever it sees when it looks through the atmosphere to the ground.

In spite of the low temperatures in parts of the United States last month, 2018 experienced globally the third warmest April in 138 years of modern record-keeping, according to a monthly analysis of global temperatures by scientists at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York

Visit NASA NEO's Global Temperature Anomaly to observe values for months or years. These maps — developed by NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) — depict how much various regions of the world have warmed or cooled when compared with a base period of 1951-1980.

Learn more about Alexia Harper, Mechanical Engineer at NASA Goddard Space Flight Facility's Mechanical Engineering Branch, the go-to place for the comprehensive development of instrument and spacecraft structures and deployment mechanisms. She works among hundreds of designers, engineers, and technicians to build the largest spacecraft ever assembled at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory.

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