Sciences and Exploration Directorate (600) Highlights

Science Highlights


Atmospheric Science Highlights

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  • – Simulations and Visualizations of Hurricane Sandy (2012) as Revealed by the NASA Advanced Global Modeling and Visualization Systems
  • – Surface Albedo Changes from Wildfires in Northern Sub-Saharan Africa
  • – U.S. Air Quality Improvement
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Press Releases & Feature Stories

Ozone-Depleting Compound Persists, NASA Research Shows

NASA research shows Earth's atmosphere contains an unexpectedly large amount of an ozone-depleting compound from an unknown source decades after the compound was banned worldwide.

Media Day at Wallops for NASA Hurricane Airborne Mission

As the Atlantic Ocean's hurricane season hits its peak, media are invited to visit NASA's latest airborne hurricane research mission on Thursday, Sept. 11 at Wallops Flight Facility.

Signs of Deforestation in Brazil

Multiple fires are visible in in this image of the Para and Mato Grosso states of Brazil.
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A Rocket Scientist grows up in Brooklyn (NY) [06/25/2014]

Dr. Aprille Joy Ericsson, Deputy to the Chief Technologist for the Applied Engineering and Technology Directorate, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, presented a Maniac Talk entitled, "A Rocket Scientist grows up in Brooklyn (NY)." Aprille shared her journey of being a Tom-girl growing up in the Bed-Sty Projects in Brooklyn (NY) with a budding interest in STEAM to becoming a Rocket Scientist for NASA. And the impact of watching men going to the moon and the ah-ha moments!

Presented by: Dr. Aprille Joy Ericsson

From Brownian Motion to Mars, by way of hockey on the rocks [05/28/2014]

Dr. James Garvin, Chief Scientist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, presented a Maniac Talk entitled "From Brownian Motion to Mars, by way of hockey on the rocks." Jim shared how his passion for rocks and landscapes drove him to promote new remote sensing approaches for measuring their topologies and led to founding of the Mars Science Laboratory and its Curiosity Rover.

Presented by: Dr. James Garvin

A Career in Many Ozone Layers [04/30/2014]

NASA climate scientist Dr. Anne Thompson presented a Maniac Talk entitled, "A Career in Many Ozone Layers." Anne shared some of her long scientific career both as a researcher at NASA Goddard and Meteorology professor at Penn State University. She also described some of the problems she has worked on and tried to convey an enthusiasm for Earth Observations.

Presented by: Dr. Anne Thompson
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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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Local News

Science Jamboree a big success

science jamboree photos thumbnailOn July 17, Code 600’s Science Jamboree filled the Building 28 atrium with displays and demonstrations from all science divisions. The Scientific Visualization Studio showed 3D movies in the screening room and there were spectacular Hyperwall presentations. Tours were available in the Flight Dynamics Facility’s Mission Operations Room and the NASA Center for Climate Simulation. Next year... don't miss it!

NASA Goddard scientists mentioned in World's Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014

Nine Goddard researchers are listed in the recently released report: The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds: 2014. Publications by these and other Goddard researchers can be found in the Goddard Authors & Publications collection.

Bruce Woodgate Passes

Dr. Bruce Woodgate passed away April 28, 2014 after suffering several strokes. Bruce has a remarkable career, spanning nearly 40 years as a civil servant at Goddard. Bruce was also a mentor to legions of students and young scientists. He retired recently and was still working on UV detectors as an Emeritus scientist. He had very broad interests, in subjects ranging from earth science to stellar atmospheres to exoplanets to large scale structure in the universe. Bruce was probably best known as the PI for the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS) for the Hubble Space Telescope. In this capacity he led the design and development of the instrument, including preparation of flight-worthy large-format CCDs and Multi Anode Multi Array (MAMA) detectors that dramatically advanced the state of the art over the previous HST spectrographs.
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Retreat of Yakutat Glacier

Located in the Brabazon Range of southeastern Alaska, Yakutat Glacier is one of the fastest retreating glaciers in the world.

Spots Galore

The Sun sported a whole slew of substantial sunspots over the period July 1-10, 2014.

OCO-2 Lifts Off

On the foggy morning of July 2, 2014, a Delta II rocket carrying NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) roared off the launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
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