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Science Highlights


Atmospheric Science Highlights

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  • – Bright Band Simulations using WRF Model with New Melting Microphysics
  • – MODIS Terra-Aqua C6+ Cross-Calibration Improvements
  • – Aura OMI NO2 data: Regional changes in air pollution
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Press Releases & Feature Stories

NASA’s Operation IceBridge Completes Twin Polar Campaigns

NASA’s Operation IceBridge, an airborne survey of polar ice, recently finalized two overlapping campaigns at both of Earth’s poles.

Record First Snowfall in the U.S. Midwest

For an area that is quite familiar with snow, it was still a storm for the history books in parts of the Midwest, with a few records set for the highest snowfall totals for a first snow of the year

NASA Study Suggests Carbon Content of Temperate Forests Overestimated

Digital measurements of millions of trees indicate that previous studies likely overestimate the amount of carbon stored by temperate U.S. forests, according to a new NASA study.
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Adventures in Astrophysics [09/29/2015]

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

Servicing and NASA [08/28/2015]

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

Confessions of a Wannabe Meteorologist [06/30/2015]

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
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ASD Annual Report 2014

Astrophysics Science Division Annual Report (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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Local News

Nikolaos Paschalidis wins IRAD Innovator of the Year award

Nick Paschalidis has been selected FY15 IRAD Innovator of the Year! Nick has a long history of not only developing innovative technologies, but also flying them on instruments vital to the field of heliophysics, all while serving as an active research scientist and mentor to the next generation of scientists. One example of Nick's energy and insight might suffice: Nick created five multi-purpose science enabling microchips that have provided time-of-flight, energy, position, and other measurements to spacecraft that include New Horizons, MESSENGER, IBEX, June, and MMS, among others. Nick will receive this award during the FY15 IRAD poster session Thursday, December 3rd in the building 8 auditorium.

Mark Clampin Named Director of the Astrophysics Science Division

Please welcome Mark Clampin into the key leadership position of Director of the Astrophysics Science Division. Mark came to Goddard in 2003 from the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI). Mark has been serving as the James Webb Space Telescope Observatory (JWST) Project Scientist at Goddard since 2003, providing science oversight of the Observatory's design through the initial phases of integration. From 2012 to 2014 he also served as the Chief Technologist of the Cosmic Origins and Physics of the Cosmos Program Offices. During the last year, he participated in the development of the Advanced Large Aperture Space Telescope (ATLAST) concept as a Senior Scientist. Mark assumes this position with a broad range of experience covering the scientific, technical and programmatic breadth of the division’s responsibilities. We are delighted he is accepting this new challenge and we look forward to working with him as he leads the outstanding team here in the Astrophysics Science Division.

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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Colorful and Plankton-Full Patagonian Waters

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

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

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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