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Friday, March 14th, 2014

NASA’s Operation IceBridge Begins New Arctic Campaign

Researchers aboard NASA’s P-3 research aircraft left the agency’s Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Va., March 10 for Greenland to begin a new season of collecting data on Arctic land and sea ice.

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Lighting Sensor to be Installed on the International Space Station

Researchers at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., developed a sophisticated piece of flight hardware called a Lightning Imaging Sensor (LIS) to detect and locate lightning over the tropical region of the globe. Launched into space in 1997 as part of NASA’s Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM), the sensor undertook a three-year baseline

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

NASA and JAXA Launch New Satellite to Measure Global Rain and Snow

The Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory, a joint Earth-observing mission between NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), thundered into space at 1:37 p.m. EST Thursday, Feb. 27 (3:37 a.m. JST Friday, Feb. 28) from Japan.

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

NASA Responds to California’s Evolving Drought

NASA is partnering with the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) to develop and apply new technology and products to better manage and monitor the state’s water resources and respond to its ongoing drought.   NASA scientists, DWR water managers, university researchers and other state resource management agencies will collaborate to apply advanced remote sensing

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

NASA to Discuss Earth Science Help for California Drought

NASA officials will participate in a media briefing at 9:30 a.m. PST Tuesday, Feb. 25 about the agency’s work to use its Earth observation assets to help the state of California better manage its water resources and monitor and respond to its ongoing drought.

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

Drought Stressing California’s Plantscape

Persistent dry weather has grown more worrisome in the American West, with nearly two thirds of the region experiencing some level of drought. By most measures, the state of California is suffering through the worst of it. The effects of the dry spell are visible in the mountains, where snow pack is lacking, and now

Friday, February 7th, 2014

NASA Mars Rover Curiosity Sees ‘Evening Star’ Earth

The rover’s view of its original home planet even includes our moon, just below Earth. The images, taken about 80 minutes after sunset during the rover’s 529th Martian day (Jan. 31, 2014) are available at for a broad scene of the evening sky, and at for a zoomed-in view of Earth and the

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

NASA Maps Earth’s Croplands from Space

It takes a lot of land to grow food for the world’s seven billion people. About a third of Earth’s terrestrial surface is used for agriculture. And about a third of that, in turn, is used to grow crops. Now, a new NASA-funded effort aims to map crop fields worldwide, identify what’s growing where, and

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

New Earth Remote Sensing Instrument Features Three-Wavelength Laser Technology to Measure Aerosols

While felines in space may be what you’re thinking, the Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (CATS) is a much more helpful accompaniment planned for the International Space Station. CATS will study the distribution of aerosols, the tiny particles that make up haze, dust, air pollutants, and smoke.

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

NASA Set for a Big Year in Earth Science

For the first time in more than a decade, five NASA Earth science missions will be launched into space in the same year, opening new and improved remote eyes to monitor our changing planet.

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