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NASA HS3 Global Hawk Celebrates 100th Flight

09.30.2014
Scientists, engineers and support personnel stand in front of NASA Global Hawk No. 872 before its 100th flight.

Alexander Marshak - "Cloud and Snow" Scientist Hails From Above the Arctic Circle - Part Two of Two

09.30.2014
Growing up with “blowing snow days” in a town above the Arctic Circle, physical scientist Alexander Marshak now studies blowing snow, clouds and aerosols through satellite images.

NASA's HS3 Looks Hurricane Edouard in the Eye

09.30.2014
NASA’s Hurricane and Severe Storms Sentinel (HS3) Global Hawk flew over the eye of Hurricane Edouard and released a dropsonde into the storm.

NASA's Swift Mission Observes Mega Flares from a Mini Star

09.30.2014
On April 23, NASA's Swift satellite detected the strongest, hottest, and longest-lasting sequence of stellar flares ever seen from a nearby red dwarf star.

Japan's Mt. Ontake Erupts

09.30.2014
Japan's second highest volcano, Ontake, unexpectedly erupted in September 2014.

NASA Ocean Data Shows ‘Climate Dance’ of Plankton

09.29.2014
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.

NASA Support Key to Glacier Mapping Efforts

09.29.2014
Scientists using airborne radar recently mapped bedrock beneath glaciers in Greenland and Antarctica.

Phanfone (Northwestern Pacific Ocean)

09.29.2014
Newborn Tropical Storm Phanfone triggers warnings in Northwestern Pacific...

Fires in Papua, Indonesia and New Guinea

09.29.2014
According to a NASA story from 2009, "human activities in this area of the world have contributed to the growing fire emissions issue.”

Hubble Finds Jets and Explosions in NGC 7793

09.26.2014
This new image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows NGC 7793, a spiral galaxy in the constellation of Sculptor some 13 million light-years away from Earth.

A Twisting Blob of Plasma

09.26.2014
A twisted blob of solar material – a hot, charged gas called plasma – can be seen erupting off the side of the sun on Sept. 26, 2014.

Suomi NPP Satellite Data Used for Mitigating Aviation Related Volcanic Hazards

09.25.2014
A joint NOAA/NASA satellite is one of several satellites providing valuable information to aviators about volcanic hazards.

Rachel (Eastern Pacific)

09.25.2014
Satellite catches an oval-Shaped Tropical Storm Rachel...

CME Week: How NASA Watches CMEs

09.25.2014
These images were produced from a space weather model known as ENLIL named after the Sumerian storm god. It shows the way a coronal mass ejection (CME) on March 5, 2013, was expected to travel.

NASA's SDO Sees an Autumnal Lunar Transit

09.25.2014
On Sept 24, 2014, from 2:50 a.m. to 3:20 a.m. EDT, the moon crossed between NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory and the sun, a phenomenon called a lunar transit.

MAVEN Spacecraft Returns First Mars Observations

09.24.2014
MAVEN’s first observations of the extended upper atmosphere around Mars have come in, revealing hydrogen, oxygen and reflected sunlight, as well as a composite view from 36,500 kilometers.

ARISE Continues Cloud and Ice Studies

09.24.2014
After a day on the ground for planning and aircraft maintenance, the ARISE research team continued their Alaska field campaign on Sept. 15 with series of five flights...

Kammuri (Northwestern Pacific Ocean)

09.24.2014
NASA sees System 98W become Tropical Depression Kammuri...

Bringing It All Together: Planning ARISE

09.24.2014
Eielson Air Force Base, Fairbanks, Alaska, day 9 of our deployment: We are currently sitting together in our mission support and flight planning room, next to the Thunderdome Hangar on base...

King Fire in California Still Blazing

09.24.2014
Over 92,960 acres have been burned by the King Fire since it began on September 13, 2014.

CME Week: Mapping the Journey of a Giant Coronal Mass Ejection

09.24.2014
Scientists clocked a July 2012 CME as traveling between 1,800 and 2,200 miles per second as it left the sun. NASA STEREO's helped scientists create models of the entire July 2012 event.

NASA ER-2 Captures Image of King Fire in Sierras

09.23.2014
NASA's MODIS / ASTER Airborne Simulator, or MASTER, collected this image Sept. 19 showing the King Fire currently burning in California's El Dorado and Placer counties

California's King Fire Aerosols Sept. 20-21

09.23.2014
The King fire in California's Eldorado National Forest, continues to produce a significant amount of smoke.

Alexander Marshak - "Cloud and Snow" Scientist Hails from Above the Arctic Circle

09.23.2014
Growing up with “blowing snow days” in a town above the Polar Circle, physical scientist Alexander Marshak now studies blowing snow, clouds and aerosols through satellite images.

CME Week: Coronal Mass Ejections at Mars

09.23.2014
Why is Mars so barren and dry? One theory is that the continuous blast of solar particles from the sun -- coupled with more extreme explosions such as coronal mass ejections – might be the culprit.
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