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Fires in Northwestern Siberia

In mid July, satellites observed dense smoke over north-central Russia. Many of the fires appear in the tundra-taiga interface, where boreal forests give way to low-lying vegetation and permafrost.

Pioneer Fire in Idaho

The Aqua satellite captured this natural color image of the Pioneer Fire currently burning northeast of Boise, Idaho.

Frank (Eastern Pacific)

As tropical storm Frank was forming in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, NASA analyzed rainfall and cloud heights and found "hot towers" that indicated intensification was likely.

Georgette (Eastern Pacific)

As Tropical Storm Georgette was forming, the Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM core satellite flew overhead and gathered data that showed an intensifying storm.

Counting Trees and Shrubs in the Sub-Sahara Using Cloud Computing—Part 1

Leveraging NASA Center for Climate Simulation and commercial cloud technologies, scientists are calculating vegetation biomass and stored carbon within a coast-to-coast swath of Africa.

NASA’s Hubble Looks to the Final Frontier

Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the TV series "Star Trek" has captured the public’s imagination with the signature phrase, "To boldly go where no one has gone before."

Going with the Floe: Measuring Summer Arctic Sea Ice

In July the Chukchi Sea, 300 miles north of Barrow, Alaska, is as varied as any land terrain.

NASA’s Hubble Telescope Makes First Atmospheric Study of Earth-Sized Exoplanets

Using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have conducted the first search for atmospheres around temperate, Earth-sized planets beyond our solar system.

PACE Mission Will Uncover New Information About Health of Our Oceans

NASA's Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE) mission is a first-of-its-kind project that aims to answer key questions about the consequences of climate change on the health of our oceans...

Quantifying Tree Loss in Sierra National Forest

Mass tree die-offs are sparking worries of fire in California’s Sierra Nevada range.

2016 Climate Trends Continue to Break Records

Two key climate change indicators -- global surface temperatures and Arctic sea ice extent -- have broken numerous records through the first half of 2016...

NASA Science Flights Target Melting Arctic Sea Ice

This summer, with sea ice across the Arctic Ocean shrinking to below-average levels, a NASA airborne survey of polar ice just completed its first flights.

Rocky Mountain National Park

Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park presents a very different landscape in summertime than in wintertime. Snow retreats and gives way to blooms of wildflowers, even at high elevations.

NASA Scientists to Discuss 2016 Climate Trends, Impacts

Climate experts from NASA will discuss recent trends in global temperatures and Arctic sea ice, as well as research now underway to better understand their impacts, during a media teleconference...

Arizona's Fuller Fire Seen by NASA's Aqua Satellite

For the second day in a row, there were more than 40 new fires in Alaska, most of them burning in a limited protection area in remote parts of the state.

Indian Canyon Fire in South Dakota

The Indian Canyon Fire in southwest South Dakota began as a dry lightning strike from passing storm.

NASA Sees Central Russia Peppered with Fires and Smoke

Many wildfires continue pepper central Russia and created a portrait of swirling smoke in a satellite image.

Abela (Southern Indian Ocean)

On July 16 the first Tropical Cyclone of the year formed in the Southern Indian Ocean.

A Passage Through Nunavut

Summer usually brings foggy and cloudy conditions to Baffin Island, in the remote reaches of Canada’s Nunavut Territory But on July 5, 2016, nearly-cloud free conditions provided a clear view.

Hubble Spots a Secluded Starburst Galaxy

This image was taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope’s Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) and shows a starburst galaxy named MCG+07-33-027.

Satellite Spots Smoke from Wildfires North of Flagstaff, Arizona

NASA's Terra satellite passed over Arizona on July 14 and captured a visible image of smoke from several wildfires located north of Flagstaff.

Estelle (was 6E - Eastern Pacific)

The sixth tropical depression of the Eastern Pacific Ocean formed on July 15 and was captured in an image from NOAA's GOES-West satellite.

Fires in the Gila Wilderness, New Mexico

Several fires are burning in the Gila Wilderness in New Mexico, and NASA's Aqua satellite captured an image of smoke and detected heat from several of them.

Beaver Creek Fire in Colorado Heats Up

The Beaver Creek fire which is located 24 miles north of Walden, CO, erupted on June 19, 2016 under unknown circumstances. At present the fire has grown to almost 20,000 acres in size.

NASA Instrument to Use X-Rays to Map an Asteroid

The Student Collaboration Experiment on OSIRIS-REx is REXIS, an X-ray instrument that will identify which elements are present on Bennu's surface and measure their abundances.
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