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Prescribed Fires in National Forests of Wisconsin

NASA's Aqua satellite captures two prescribed fires burning in the state of Wisconsin.

NASA Scientist to Discuss Solving the Global Ozone Crisis at Library of Congress Lecture

The public is invited to a free talk called “How Science and Policy Solved the Global Ozone Crisis” with Dr. Paul Newman at the Library of Congress on Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 12:30 p.m. EDT.

Drenching the South and Plains

Much of the high plains and south central regions of the continental United States have been unusually dry for some time. This April and May the weather fortunes of some states took an extreme turn...

Fires Near Lake Baikal in Siberia

Thawed permafrost is a perfect fuel of "peat-like organic matter" that burns like dry grass in Siberia.

Hubble Revisits Tangled NGC 6240

Not all galaxies are neatly shaped, as this new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image of NGC 6240 clearly demonstrates.

Wildfires Beginning Early in Saskatchewan

This fire began on May 20, 2015 according to the Canadian Wildland Fire Information System.

NOAA's GOES-R Satellite Begins Environmental Testing

The GOES-R satellite, slated to launch in 2016, is ready for environmental testing.

Agricultural Fires in Angola, West Africa

NASA's Aqua satellite collected this natural-color image which detected dozens of fires burning in southwestern Africa on May 21, 2015.

Hubble Observes One-of-a-Kind Star Nicknamed ‘Nasty’

Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have uncovered surprising new clues about a hefty, rapidly aging star whose behavior has never been seen before in our Milky Way galaxy.

NASA Spacecraft Capture Rare, Early Moments of Baby Supernovae

Astronomers are going gaga over newborn supernova measurements taken by NASA’s Kepler and Swift spacecraft.

NASA's Webb 'Strutting its Stuff' in New 'Behind the Webb' Video

The newest video in the "Behind the Webb" series, called "Strutting its Stuff," provides a look at three “struts” or poles that fold and unfold the secondary mirror on the James Webb Space Telescope.

The Advance of Hubbard Glacier

Landsat 8, shows Hubbard Glacier on July 22, 2014.

NASA Soil Moisture Mission Begins Science Operations

NASA's new Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission to map global soil moisture and detect whether soils are frozen or thawed has begun science operations.

NASA Looks at Mount St. Helens at 35

On May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helens gave way to a cataclysmic flank collapse, avalanche, and explosion that killed 57 people and displaced many others.

In the Field: SMAP Gathers Soil Data in Australia

SMAP gathers soil moisture from the field in Australia through a campaign called SMAPEx, the first extensive soil moisture field campaign conducted since SMAP launched in January.

Diminished Snow Pack in the Pacific Northwest

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite acquired these natural-color images of Oregon, Washington, and the Cascade and Olympic Mountains.

Little Bobtail Lake Fire in British Columbia

The MODIS instrument on the Aqua satellite captured this image of the Little Bobtail Lake fire in British Columbia, Canada.

Hubble Spots the Layers of NGC 3923

The glowing object in this Hubble Space Telescope image is an elliptical galaxy called NGC 3923. It is located over 90 million light-years away in the constellation of Hydra.

Real and False Color in Siberia

The Aqua satellite's MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) instrument took this full sized false color image ,of the fires in Siberia.

Gorkha Quake-Induced Chongsecun Landslide and Lake (Tibet)

Canadian, American, Chinese, Swiss and British investigators are collaborating to examine a hazardous landslide in Tibet just north of Nepal, at an elevation of approximately 8,530 ft.

No Major U.S. Hurricane Landfalls in Nine Years: Luck?

The United States hasn't experienced the landfall of a Category 3 or larger hurricane in nine years — a string of years that's likely to come along only once every 177 years, according to a new NASA s

Dorothy Hall – Fan of Frozen -- Places

Senior scientist Dorothy Hall’s field work has taken her through snowy fields, to frozen glaciers, to icy lakes and rivers. But she was always cold.

Fire and Ice in Siberia

Fire is not center stage, it is snow and ice still present all across the northern part of this image in the higher elevations.

Potentially Revolutionary Mission Heading for 2016 Launch

A NASA mission that embodies the virtues of faster, less expensive access to space has sailed past all major development milestones and is on schedule for its October 2016 launch.

NASA Satellite Data Helps Protect Endangered Whales

The WhaleWatch tool will help decrease whale mortality due to collisions with shipping and fishing gear..
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