Sciences and Exploration Directorate (600) Highlights
Press Releases & Feature Stories
- OSIRIS-REx, NASA’s first mission to sample an asteroid, is moving ahead into development and testing in preparation for its launch in 2016.
- A team of scientists has won a berth on a tiny satellite to explore one of NASA's last frontiers in climate studies: the imbalance in Earth's energy budget.
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- 99% of Earth’s land ice is locked into the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets. But from 2003–2009, the world’s other glaciers contributed equally to sea level rise as the two ice sheets combined.
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 description of the Division's mission and goals, organizational structure, research projects, missions, education/public outreach activities, and awards.
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Dr. Bertram "Bert" Donn, the first head of NASA Goddard's astrochemistry group, passed away on Friday December 28, 2012 at age 93. Bert helped put Goddard science on the map in the early days, both within and beyond NASA. He also was influential in starting two lab efforts at Goddard and in hiring some of our better-known scientists.
- Springtime has brought a substantial and long-lasting bloom of phytoplankton in the Bay of Biscay, off the western coast of France.
- This photograph taken by an astronaut on the International Space Station shows water of different colors within sub-basins of the Laguna (lake) Verde in the high Andes of northwest Argentina.
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- NASA's new Earth-bound rover began testing on the Greenland ice sheet this week.