Sciences and Exploration Directorate (600) Highlights
Press Releases & Feature Stories
- On June 16, 2013, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this image of wildfires burning in a remote part of southwestern Alaska.
- Second Atlantic Season Tropical Depression Forms
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- NASA Satellite Sees Developing Tropical Depression Near Philippines
NASA climate scientist Dr. Anne Douglass presented a Maniac Talk entitled "Satellite Observations - the Touchstone of Atmospheric Modeling." Anne shared some of her scientific career that is filled with unexpected twists and turns and even a few blind alleys, but most important her passion in satellite measurements of ozone and other trace gases, which have been her touchstone.
NASA climate scientist Dr. Gail Skofronick Jackson presented a Maniac Talk entitled "Falling Snow Detective." Gail talked about her experiences growing up with hurricanes in Florida and how that shaped her excitement in the science of detecting falling snow from space. Using paper snowflakes and audience help, she explained why snow is important on Earth and why scientists love and hate snow.
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Dr. Robert Cahalan gave an interesting and stimulating talk entitled ‘Angel Hair, Ice Cream Castles, Dripping Faucets & Euler Fractals’. He combined anecdotes from his life and career with insights into the world around us from symmetry, fractals, and chaotic systems.
Presented by: Dr. Robert Cahalan
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.
During 2010-2011, the Global Modeling and Assimilation Office (GMAO) achieved significant advances in GEOS-5 based systems, preparing for updated products for both weather and climate applications.
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- A neutron star is the densest object astronomers can observe directly, crushing half a million times Earth's mass into a sphere about 12 miles across, or similar in size to Manhattan Island.
- New observations of the Ring Nebula – the glowing gas shroud around an old, dying, sun-like star – reveal a new twist.
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- When did the first stars and galaxies form? How brightly did they burn? Scientists hope to answer to these questions with the Cosmic Infrared Background ExpeRIment (CIBER).