Sciences and Exploration Directorate (600) Highlights
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- – Characteristics of Precipitation Features in the Central Andes
- – Wind Retrieval Algorithms for the HIWRAP
Airborne Doppler Radar with Applications to Hurricanes during GRIP
- – Detection of mountain lee waves in MODIS NIR column water vapor
- – The quasi-biennial oscillation is disrupted by geoengineering aerosols
Press Releases & Feature Stories
- A team of university scientists and a NASA colleague were greatly surprised to discover an ancient tundra landscape preserved under the Greenland Ice Sheet, below two miles of ice.
- NASA will celebrate the 44th anniversary of Earth Day with a variety activities April 21-27 to engage the public in the agency’s mission to better understand and protect our home planet.
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- Arctic sea ice reached its annual maximum on March 21, 2014. And while the year was not extraordinary—the fifth lowest extent in 36 years of satellite records—the trend continues to be.
NASA physicist, Dr. Henning Leidecker, presented a Maniac Talk, entitled "How I came to NASA to fix Spacecraft ..." Henning talked about his life, from earliest memories to now, pondering how things work. And how a single tiny incandescent lamp killed 3 GOES, HST gyros running down, and exploding parts in TDRS, and why the Shuttle repeatedly failed to launch, and the underlying physics.
Presented by: Dr. Henning Leidecker
Dr. Peter Hildebrand, Director of NASA Goddard Earth Sciences Division, presented a Maniac Talk entitled "From studies of solubility and divers breathing helium, to DOGS, then NCAR and NASA." Peter described the path that got him to where he now finds himself, with role models, mentors, a few fumbles, and a lot of love for the study of Mother Nature.
Presented by: Dr. Peter Hildebrand
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Dr. William Lau, Deputy Director for Atmospheres, Earth Science Division at NASA Goddard, presented a Maniac Talk entitled, "My Story: A Tale of Three Continents." Bill shared his early childhood under a colonial education system with strong Chinese cultural influence and how world events, cultural and education system of three major continents, Europe, Asia and North America shaped his upbringing career goals and work ethics.
Presented by: Dr. William Lau
A Fermi science result from this past year was selected as a runner-up for
"Breakthrough of the Year" by Science Magazine... congratulations to the
Vigdor Teplitz honored with an "individual certificate of appreciation"
The Assistant Secretary of State for Ocean,
Environment and Scientific Affairs presented Vigdor Teplitz (663 emeritus)
with an "individual certificate of appreciation" for "exceptional, sustained
performance in furthering the international cooperation goals outlined in
the President's June, 2010 National Space Policy." The award recognized
recognized efforts to help NASA get South Africa to join in realizing the
President's Asteroid Initiative, in general, and to obtain access to a
specific South African radar, in particular.
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Dr. Jim Tucker Awarded Vega Medal
Congratulations to Dr. Jim Tucker of the Earth Sciences Division. He is the recipient of the 2014 Vega Medal, an award given every three years by the Swedish Society for Anthropology and Geography. The society created the Vega Medal in 1881 on the occasion of Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld's return to Stockholm, after he had discovered the North East Passage. Since then, the Vega Medal has been awarded to a physical geographer roughly every three years. This award is given by the King of Sweden on 24 April, the anniversary of Nordenskiöld's return to Stockholm.
- Powerful magnetic forces above an active region on the Sun twisted and pulled at a blob of plasma until it lost its connections and blew out into space.
- As the astronauts on the International Space Station passed over the deserts of central Iran recently, they were greeted by this striking pattern of parallel lines and sweeping curves.
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- 3D view inside an extra-tropical cyclone observed off the coast of Japan by GPM's Dual-frequency Precipitation Radar.