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Science Highlights


Atmospheric Science Highlights

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  • – The Airborne Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (ACATS)
  • – North African Dust Reaching Americas Varies Greatly by Season and Year
  • – Are Tropospheric Ozone Increases in the Southern African Region A Bellwether for Large Pollution Growth in the Southern Hemisphere?
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Press Releases & Feature Stories

Demise of a Phytoplankton Bloom

Phytoplankton can explode into blooms large enough to be visible from space. But what factors lead to the demise of these floating microscopic organisms? Sometimes viruses are to blame.

21W (Northwest Pacific)

The TRMM satellite provided rainfall data as Tropical Depression 21W was making landfall in the southern Philippines on Nov. 26.

Hubble Sees a Slashing Smudge Across the Sky

The galaxy cutting dramatically across the frame of this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image is a slightly warped dwarf galaxy known as UGC1281.
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Creating the Future: Building JWST, what it may find, and what comes next? [11/19/2014]

Nobel Laureate John Mather presented a Maniac Talk entitled "Creating the Future: Building JWST, what it may find, and what comes next?" In this lecture, John takes a rear view look at how James Webb Space Telescope was started, what it can see and what it might discover. He describes the hardware, what it was designed to observe, and speculate about the surprises it might uncover. He also outlines a possible future of space observatories: what astronomers want to build, what we need to invent, and what they might find, even the chance of discovering life on planets around other stars.

Presented by: Dr. John Mather

Balancing Precariously on Giants’ Shoulders; Landsat and Project Science [10/22/2014]

Dr. James Irons, Deputy Director of NASA Goddard Earth Sciences Division, presented a Maniac Talk entitled "Balancing Precariously on Giants' Shoulders; Landsat and Project Science." Jim shared his 35 years experience and observations working across GSFC Directorates to play a role in a couple of successful Landsat missions.

Presented by: Dr. James Irons

From Picking Potatoes to Measuring the Biggest Bangs in the Solar System -- Always a Farm Boy! [09/24/2014]

NASA Solar Physicist Dr. Brian Dennis presented a Maniac Talk entitled "From Picking Potatoes to Measuring the Biggest Bangs in the Solar System -- Always a Farm Boy!" Brian described his formative years in England, then summarized our present understanding of how solar flares work and reviewed possible advances in instrumentation that could lead to major breakthroughs in the future.

Presented by: Dr. Brian Dennis
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ASD Annual Report 2013

Astrophysics Science Division Annual Report (2013)

A summary of awards, research, projects, missions, and education/public outreach activities of the Astrophysics Science Division at Goddard Space Flight Center.
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Still from Paint by Particle simulation of the atmosphere that captured how winds move aerosols around the world

GMAO Annual Report & Research Highlights 2011-2012

Over the last year, the Global Modeling and Assimilation Office (GMAO) has continued to advance our GEOS-5-based systems, updating products for both weather and climate applications.
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Retreat of the Columbia Glacier

Scientists have long studied Alaska's fast-moving Columbia Glacier, a tidewater glacier descending through the Chugach Mountains into Prince William Sound. Yet the river of ice continues to surprise.

Ocean Data Shows 'Climate Dance' of Plankton

The greens and blues of the ocean color from NASA satellite data have provided new insights into how climate and ecosystem processes affect the growth cycles of phytoplankton.

Roiling Flows on Holuhraun Lava Field (Iceland)

Iceland's Holuhraun lava field offers spectacular views from the ground and from low-flying aircraft, and infrared imaging makes the view from space spectacular, too.
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