Sciences and Exploration Directorate (600) Highlights
Press Releases & Feature Stories
- The smoke from the Canadian wildfires that was in the middle of the U.S. on June 30 has drifted its way to the East Coast obscuring parts of the coast from New Jersey to North Carolina.
- NASA looks at Tropical Depression 10W's most powerful storms over the Philippine Sea.
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- Dozens of wildfires have broken out in the Alaska wilderness this fire season.
NOAA Chief Scientist Dr. Richard "Rick" Spinrad presented a Maniac Talk entitled "Lately it occurs to me, what a long, strange trip it's been: one technocrat's unguided tour through oceanography." Rick shared his journey and life in science, including tipping points in his career and how he has come to understand the value of transdisciplinarity, odds-weighing, and timing.
Presented by: Dr. Richard "Rick" Spinrad
FPI aboard the 4 MMS spacecraft provides 100x time resolution. It will reveal the inner workings of the tiny ion and tinier electron diffusion regions of reconnection.
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Geomagnetically induced currents (GIC) that flow in power grids during space weather storms can be a hazard for reliable transmission of electricity. GSFC’s space weather team has developed new technology that not only provides real-time information for mitigation of the hazard but also allows the grid to serve as a space physical antenna. The work is being conducted with the US transmission industry’s support.
Parkinson selected for William Nordberg Memorial Award for Earth Science
Dr. Claire Parkinson has been selected as the recipient for the William Nordberg Memorial Award for Earth Science. The Nordberg Award is presented to a Goddard civil service employee who best exhibits qualities of broad scientific perspective, enthusiastic programmatic and technical leadership on the national and international levels, wide recognition by peers, and substantial research accomplishments in understanding Earth system processes. Claire has been awarded this prestigious honor for her work enabling a deeper understanding of the role of sea ice in the climate system, for outstanding leadership of EOS/Aqua science, and for impressive educational outreach accomplishments.
Emily Wilson and team receive Honorable Mention in Invention of the Year (IOY) Awards for 2014
The Office of the General Counsel announced the winners of the Invention of the Year (IOY) Awards for 2014. Among the Honorable Mentions is the “Miniaturized Laser Heterodyne Radiometer for Carbon Dioxide (CO2), Methane (CH4), and Carbon Monoxide (CO) Measurements in the Atmospheric Column” from Goddard Space Flight Center. Please congratulate Emily Wilson Steel and her team.
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Heliophysicist Dr. Roger J. Thomas passes away
Dr. Roger J. Thomas was a scientist of immense integrity, focus, and commitment. In over 40 years at Goddard, he provided the optical design or advised on essentially every solar extreme ultraviolet spectrograph flown by NASA or ESA and was widely recognized for his contributions to their record of success. He was a linchpin of the SERTS and EUNIS sounding rocket investigations over a span of 30 years and 13 flights. He was also over the years a Principal Investigator, Co-Investigator, Project Scientist for the renowned OSO satellites, Study Scientist, Deputy Chief of NASA's Solar and Heliospheric Physics Office, and author or co-author of over 200 scientific publications.
He will be deeply missed by his many friends and colleagues at Goddard and in the worldwide scientific community.
- Late spring and summer weather brings blooms of color to the Atlantic Ocean off of South America, at least from a satellite view.
- 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.
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- 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.