Sciences and Exploration Directorate (600) Highlights

Science Highlights

December

Atmospheric Science Highlights

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  • – Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel
  • – Assimilating Data from the Global Hawk Improves Hurricane Forecasts
  • – Using MODIS cloud regimes for understanding radiation and rainfall budgets
  • – Excellent Agreement of Total Column Ozone Retrievals from the Pandora Spectrometer System and Dobson Spectrophotometer in Boulder, Colorado
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Press Releases & Feature Stories

Holiday Lights on the Sun: SDO Imagery of a Significant Solar Flare

12.22.2014
SDO captured this image of a significant solar flare on Dec. 19, 2014. The image shows a subset of extreme ultraviolet light that highlights the extremely hot material in flares.

Satellite Shows Two-Thirds of the U.S. with Cloudy, Wet Pre-Holiday Travel

12.22.2014
As the Christmas holiday approaches this Thursday, December 25, NOAA's GOES-East and GOES-West satellites are keeping a weather eye out for storms that may affect early travelers.

Unwrapping DSCOVR for the New Year

12.22.2014
NOAA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory spacecraft, or DSCOVR is being unwrapped for the New Year and prepared for launch.
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Presentations

Creating the Future: Building JWST, what it may find, and what comes next? [11/19/2014]

11.24.2014
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]

10.28.2014
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]

10.01.2014
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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Reports

ASD Annual Report 2013

Astrophysics Science Division Annual Report (2013)

06.30.2014
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

08.01.2012
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

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Images

Colorful and Plankton-Full Patagonian Waters

12/16/2014
Late spring and summer weather brings blooms of color to the Atlantic Ocean off of South America, at least from a satellite view.

Retreat of the Columbia Glacier

11/10/2014
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

10/02/2014
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.
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