Sciences and Exploration Directorate (600) Highlights
- – Evaluation of the New Version of the Laser-Optical Disdrometer, OTT PARSIVEL 2
- – The CHIMAERA System for Universal Cloud Retrievals
- – Ozone Depletion by Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)
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- – Can Satellite Rainfall Help Us To Estimate Long-Term Flood Risks?
- – Design and Development of VHF (240-270 MHz) Antennas for SoOp (Signal of Opportunity) Receiver for 6U CubeSat Platforms
- – First Demonstration of the Use of Satellite Fluorescence in a Carbon Cycle Model and Evaluation Using Space Based Measurements of Atmospheric CO2
- – Unique Fluorescence & Thermal Imagery Reveal Photosynthetic Function
- – Climate Data Initiative Releases Arctic Data and Tools
- – Inter-comparison of Landsat Albedo Retrieval Techniques and Evaluation against In Situ Measurements Across the US SURFRAD Network
Press Releases & Feature Stories
- It's a rare thing when a tropical depression develops the same exact distance between two landforms, and newborn Tropical Depression 18E has done that in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.
- New Horizons found that soot-like particles give Pluto’s atmosphere a striking blue tint, and regions with exposed water ice were detected by the Ralph instrument’s spectral composition mapper, LEISA.
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- A weather system fueled by warm moisture streaming in from the Atlantic Ocean on Oct. 3 and 4 relentlessly dumped between one and two feet of rain across most of South Carolina.
Astrophysicist Neil Gehrels presented a Maniac lecture entitled "Adventures in Astrophysics." Neil shared his passion and adventures in astrophysics, which traces back to his astronomer father, his physicist wife, a life-long career at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and good mentors.
Presented by: Dr. Neil Gehrels
Frank Cepollina, 2003 National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductee, presented a Maniac lecture entitled "Servicing and NASA." Frank gave a rundown of his career in servicing spacecraft going back to 1970 and talked about the future of servicing and scientific missions working together in the future.
Presented by: Mr. Frank Cepollina
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Dr. Richard Eckman, a NASA Program Manager presented a Maniac Talk entitled "Confessions of a Wannabe Meteorologist." Richard shared some of his encounters and experiences that led him from meteorology to ionospheric physics to mesospheric chemistry and, ultimately, to program management.
Presented by: Dr. Richard Eckman
Steven Snowden wins John C. Lindsay Award
Congratulations to Steven Snowden who has been selected this year's John C. Lindsay Award winner. The citation will read “For developing the first physically coherent picture of the Local Hot Bubble."
This is an incredibly important discovery, solving the origin of the cosmic soft x-ray background after many years of observations and modeling. Steve’s search for answers has relied on multi-wavelength studies spanning the spectrum from the radio to the X-ray as well as on interdisciplinary studies combining astrophysics, heliophysics, and planetary science. He even included results from the Voyager spacecraft as it left the solar system. A recent breakthrough, based on additional information from a sounding rocket experiment, allowed the final pieces of this puzzle to be convincingly put together.
The award ceremony and lecture are schedule for Wednesday October 7th as part of the Scientific Colloquium.
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Congratulations to Geronimo Villanueva for winning the 2015 Urey Prize from the American Astronomical Society Division of Planetary Sciences! This award recognizes Geronimo's exceptional contributions as a young planetary scientist to research on comets and the Mars atmosphere. This is a very prestigious award, and has never before been won by a Goddard scientist. Way to go Geronimo! Read the citation.
- 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.