The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this image at 11:25 a.m. local time (0825 Universal Time) on July 7, 2014. A thick plume of dust was blowing out from the dry interior of Sudan and across hundreds of kilometers of the Red Sea, with smaller plumes also visible over Saudi Arabia and Eritrea. Prevailing northwest winds over the water blew the plumes to the southeast.
Dust plumes such as this one are a major source of nutrients for phytoplankton and other aquatic organisms that form the foundation of the oceanic ecosystem in and around the Indian Ocean.
July 16, 1969 — The liftoff of Apollo 11 seen from inside the firing room at Cape Canaveral, Florida.