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Greenland Campaign Takes Flight for Better Ice Sheet Measurements

08.28.2015
Earlier this month, a NASA instrument nestled in the belly of a small plane flew over Greenland’s ice sheet and the Arctic Ocean’s icy waters.

A Summer of NASA Research on Sea Level Rise in Greenland

08.28.2015
On Greenland’s ice sheet, a vast icy landscape crisscrossed by turquoise rivers and dotted with melt water lakes, a small cluster of orange camping tents popped up in late July.

NASA's Aqua Satellite Sees Central Africa in the "Red"

08.28.2015
A few more countries are coming into the forefront with large widespread fires--Angola, Zambia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Central Africa.

Hubble Finds That the Nearest Quasar Is Powered by a Double Black Hole

08.27.2015
Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have found that Markarian 231 (Mrk 231), is powered by two central black holes furiously whirling about each other.

Jimena (Eastern Pacific)

08.27.2015
Aqua and GOES-West satellites provided temperature and cloud data on newborn Tropical Storm Jimena in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.

Signs of Katrina Linger in the Marshes

08.27.2015
Ten years after making landfall, scars from Hurricane Katrina still linger.

Lake Baikal Wrapped in Fog, Fire, and Smoke

08.27.2015
Lake Baikal in Russia, the world's oldest, deepest lake, is encased in smoke, fire and fog in this image collected by Terra on August 27, 2015.

Warming Seas and Melting Ice Sheets

08.26.2015
Sea level rise is a natural consequence of the warming of our planet.

Glacial Rebound: The Not So Solid Earth

08.26.2015
When you fill a sink, the water rises at the same rate to the same height in every corner. That's not the way it works with our rising seas.

NASA Science Zeros in on Ocean Rise: How Much? How Soon?

08.26.2015
Seas around the world have risen an average of nearly 3 inches since 1992, with some locations rising more than 9 inches due to natural variation, according to the latest satellite measurements.

Pacific Northwest Wildfires Severe in Intensity

08.26.2015
The Pacific Northwest is abundantly dotted with wildfires in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana.

NASA Global Hawk Departs Wallops for Erika

08.26.2015
NASA’s remotely piloted Global Hawk 872 is prepared for flight and departs the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia at 7 a.m., August 26, for a 24 hour flight to study Tropical Storm Erika.

Sea Level Rise Hits Home at NASA

08.26.2015
Sea level rise is not just an academic concern for NASA satellites and scientists. With two-thirds of its infrastructure and assets situated on the coast, the agency has first-hand experience with the

James Webb Space Telescope Backplane Arrives at NASA Goddard for Mirror Assembly

08.26.2015
One of the most crucial pieces of the James Webb Space Telescope, the flight backplane, arrived on Aug. 25, on schedule for Webb's 2018 launch date at NASA's GSFC, for mirror assembly.

Hubble Sees the Wings of a Butterfly: The Twin Jet Nebula

08.26.2015
he shimmering colors visible in this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image show off the remarkable complexity of the Twin Jet Nebula.

NASA Finds Vegetation Essential for Limiting City Warming Effects

08.25.2015
NASA scientists now show that for any urban area covered in part by impervious surfaces, be they downtowns, suburbs, or interstate roads, the average summer temperature rise is 1.9C.

NASA Aircraft to Begin NOAA Hurricane Mission

08.25.2015
NASA’s remotely piloted Global Hawk aircraft will begin flights this week in support of a NOAA-led mission to improve hurricane track and intensity forecasts.

Kelly Brunt - Commuting to the World's Coldest Job

08.25.2015
For glaciologist Kelly Brunt, the commute to work can range from driving a few minutes to develop models on a computer to taking long-distance flights to gather data in some of the coldest places.

Erika (Atlantic Ocean)

08.25.2015
NASA's GPM and NOAA's GOES satellite provided views at the newborn Atlantic storm Erika's rainfall and cloud extent.

Ignacio (was 12E - Eastern Pacific)

08.25.2015
The twelfth tropical depression of the Eastern Pacific Ocean hurricane season was born today, August 25, 2015, as NASA's Terra satellite flew overhead.

NASA's Terra Satellite Focuses on Western Wildfires

08.25.2015
Terra collected this natural-color image with the MODIS instrument on August 23, 2015.

NASA and University Researchers Find Link Between Amazon Fires and Devastating Hurricanes

08.24.2015
Researchers have uncovered a remarkably strong link between high wildfire risk in the Amazon basin and the devastating hurricanes that ravage North Atlantic shorelines.

No End in Sight For Western Wildfires

08.24.2015
There just seems to be no end in sight for these beleaguered states.

Smoke From Western Canada Fires Moves East

08.24.2015
The Terra satellite took this image of the western Canadian wildfires smoke as it headed eastward to Ontario and Quebec.

Smoke From Western Fires Wafts Eastward

08.24.2015
The Aqua satellite captured this image of the smoke from the fires on the west coast of the United States wafting eastward on the jet stream.
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