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Discover the "X-Factor" of NASA's Webb Telescope in "Behind the Webb" Video

07.24.2014
NASA's James Webb Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray observatory have something in common: a huge test chamber used to simulate the hazards of space and the distant glow of starlight.

Hubble Finds Three Surprisingly Dry Exoplanets

07.24.2014
Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have gone looking for water vapor in the atmospheres of three planets orbiting stars similar to the sun -- and have come up nearly dry.

NASA Team Lays Plans to Observe New Worlds

07.23.2014
It can take decades to mature an astrophysics flagship mission from concept to launch pad. Given the long lead times, it’s time to lay plans for a future flagship mission.

Canada Contributes to NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Mission

07.22.2014
The Canadian Space Agency announced that it will furnish a sophisticated laser-based mapping system, designed to create unprecedented 3-D maps of asteroid Bennu, for NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission.

Lunar Pits Could Shelter Astronauts, Reveal Details of How 'Man in the Moon' Formed

07.22.2014
New observations from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter reveal more than 200 steep-walled lunar pits, some of which might lead to caves that future astronauts could explore and use for shelter.

A New Look at the Apollo 11 Landing Site

07.22.2014
In honor of the 45th anniversary of Apollo 11’s touchdown on the moon, NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter offers a fresh perspective on the historic landing site.

NASA's Fermi Finds A 'Transformer' Pulsar

07.22.2014
In late June 2013, an exceptional binary containing a rapidly spinning neutron star underwent a dramatic change in behavior never before observed.

Quiet Year Expected for Amazon Forest Fires in 2014

07.22.2014
Researchers at NASA and the University of California, Irvine, using a variety of satellite data, expect Amazon forests this year to see a below-average wildfire season.

TD2 (Atlantic Ocean)

07.22.2014
Infrared data gathered on the tropical low pressure area hinted that it would become the Atlantic Ocean hurricane season's second tropical depression.

Carlton Fire Complex, Washington - July 22, 2014

07.22.2014
The Carlton Complex fires started on July 14, 2014, by lightning from a weather system that moved through the Methow Valley.

Carlton Complex Fire, Washington

07.21.2014
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometers on NASA’s Aqua and Terra satellites captured these images of the Carlton Complex Fire in July 2014.

Fires and Smoke in Canada's Northern Territories

07.21.2014
Environment Canada has issued a high health risk warning for Yellowknife and surrounding area because of heavy smoke in the region due to forest fires.

Fires in Eastern Russia in July 2014

07.21.2014
These fires are originating in the Sakha Republits area of Eastern Russia, a very remote area of the country.

Fires in Indonesia, July 2014

07.21.2014
Terra and Aqua satellites detected 154 hotspots in areas across Riau province on Sunday, July 20, indicating forest and land fires had increased again following a decline in rainfall.

Hubble Sees the Oldest Cluster in Milky Way Neighbor

07.18.2014
This image shows NGC 121, a globular cluster in the constellation of Tucana (The Toucan). Globular clusters are big balls of old stars that orbit the centers of their galaxies like satellites.

Wali (Central Pacific)

07.18.2014
NASA satellite catches birth of Tropical Storm Wali near Hawaii.

HS3 Mission Photo: First Batch of HS3 Dropsondes Ready to Fly

07.18.2014
Clayton Arendt of NCAR shows off the the first 460 AVAPS Dropsondes for HS3 2014. The Advanced Vertical Atmospheric Profiling System (AVAPS) is the dropsonde system for the Global Hawk.

NASA Kicks Off Field Campaign to Probe Ocean Ecology, Carbon Cycle

07.17.2014
NASA embarks this week on a coordinated ship and aircraft observation campaign off the Atlantic coast, an effort to advance space-based capabilities for monitoring microscopic plants...

A Ten-Year Endeavor: NASA’s Aura and Climate Change

07.17.2014
Celebrating its tenth anniversary this week, NASA’s Aura satellite measures climate agents, including greenhouse gases, clouds and dust particles.

Matmo (was 10W - Northwest Pacific Ocean)

07.17.2014
The tenth tropical depression of the Northwestern Pacific Ocean was born as NASA's Aqua satellite passed overhead.

Ten-Year Endeavor: NASA’s Aura and the Ozone Layer

07.16.2014
Scientists rely on data from NASA's Aura satellite to observe ozone in Earth's atmosphere.

An Aura of Success

07.16.2014
On the 10th anniversary of the launch of NASA's Aura spacecraft, we offer 10 examples of how the satellite has changed our view of dust, pollution, aerosols, and ozone in our atmosphere.

NASA’s Alaska Forest Survey Kicks Off

07.16.2014
From early July through mid-August 2014, scientist Doug Morton of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, will be flying low over the treetops of interior Alaska.

Beakers and Blankets: Readying for SABOR’s Ocean Voyage

07.16.2014
Scientists with NASA’s Ship-Aircraft Bio-Optical Research (SABOR) experiment will make observations from ship and aircraft off the U.S. Atlantic Coast to advance future technologies.

Dozens of Fires Plague Oregon

07.16.2014
Dozens of fires are plaguing the forest areas in the state of Oregon. In this image, are shown the Buzzard Fire, the Shaniko Butte fire, the Bridge 99 Complex fire, and the Saddle Draw Fire.
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