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Science Highlights

October

Atmospheric Science Highlights

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  • – The Airborne Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (ACATS)
  • – North African Dust Reaching Americas Varies Greatly by Season and Year
  • – Are Tropospheric Ozone Increases in the Southern African Region A Bellwether for Large Pollution Growth in the Southern Hemisphere?
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Press Releases & Feature Stories

Hubble Sees a Spiral in a Furnace

11.21.2014
This Hubble image is a snapshot of NGC 986 — a barred spiral galaxy discovered in 1828 by James Dunlop.

Satellite Movie Shows Massive Great Lakes Snowstorm

11.21.2014
The large snowfall in the leeward side of the Great Lakes on Nov. 19 and 20 was seen by NOAA's GOES-East satellite.

NASA's Swift Satellite Marks 10 Years of Game-changing Astrophysics

11.20.2014
Over the past decade, NASA's Swift Gamma-ray Burst Explorer has proven itself to be one of the most versatile astrophysics missions ever flown.
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Presentations

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

Maxwell Demon, Black Swan and a Romp in Scientific Hinterlands [08/27/2014]

09.08.2014
NASA climate scientist Dr. P.K. Bhartia presented a Maniac Talk entitled "Maxwell Demon, Black Swan and a Romp in Scientific Hinterlands." PK discussed his roller coaster career, which got nearly derailed after a brief tryst with history and his obsession for understanding esoteric details of measurements that once in a while leads to something interesting.

Presented by: Dr. Pawan Bhartia
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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

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.

Roiling Flows on Holuhraun Lava Field (Iceland)

09/11/2014
Iceland's Holuhraun lava field offers spectacular views from the ground and from low-flying aircraft, and infrared imaging makes the view from space spectacular, too.
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