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NASA's BARREL Returns Successful from Antarctica

04.24.2014
Three months, 20 balloons, and one very successful campaign: The Balloon Array for Radiation belt Relativistic Electron Losses (BARREL) team returned from Antarctica in March 2014.

B31 Iceberg Drifting From Antarctica

04.24.2014
Over the course of five months in Antarctic spring and summer, MODIS—an instrument on NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites—captured a series of images of ice island B31.

NASA Hubble Instruments Highlight New National Air and Space Museum Exhibit

04.23.2014
Two instruments that played critical roles in discoveries made by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope now are on display in an exhibit at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington.

NASA Satellites Show Drought May Take Toll on Congo Rainforest

04.23.2014
A new analysis of NASA satellite data shows Africa's Congo rainforest, the second-largest tropical rainforest in the world, has undergone a large-scale decline in greenness over the past decade.

Anne Douglass - Thinks Like a Scientist (Part 2 of 2)

04.23.2014
When faced with a complex problem, Aura project scientist and co-lead for the Chemistry Climate Model Anne Douglass instructs herself to think like a scientist.

Fires in Burma and India

04.23.2014
Agricultural fires continue to burn in the Indochina region.

Eastern Kansas and Northeastern Oklahoma

04.23.2014
MODIS took an image of smoke and fires from eastern Kansas and northeastern Oklahoma on April 11, 2014.

Fires in the Primorsky Province of Russia

04.23.2014
The uncontrolled method of managing agricultural areas each year turns the entire southern tip of Primorsky Province into an enormous firebed, enveloping up to 40 percent of the entire territory.

High-Voltage Transmission Lines to Act as Antenna in First-of-its-Kind NASA Space-Weather Project

04.23.2014
GSFC Heliophysics team will install scientific substations beneath high-voltage power transmission lines to measure in real-time a phenomenon known as geomagnetically induced currents (GICs).

Environmental Watch with Landsat Satellites

04.22.2014
Landsat satellites have monitored Earth’s environment for more than four decades, providing detailed imagery of some of our planet’s most precious ecosystems.

NASA's Earth Day #GlobalSelfie

04.22.2014
NASA is inviting people all around the world to step outside on Earth Day, April 22, take a "selfie," and share it with the world on social media.

James Webb Space Telescope Highlighted at USA Science and Engineering Festival

04.22.2014
The James Webb Space Telescope is going to "fly" into the USA Science and Engineering Festival on April 26 and 27 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EDT.

NASA Sees Earth From Orbit: 2013

04.21.2014
Five new NASA Earth science missions are launching in 2014 to expand our understanding of Earth’s changing climate and environment.

Operation Ice Bridge: Once More to Jakobshavn

04.21.2014
Following two days of grounding due to weather, IceBridge researchers returned to surveying Greenland's ice with another survey of the Jakobshavn Glacier area.

Jack (Southern Indian Ocean)

04.21.2014
NASA sees wind shear affecting nwborn Tropical Cyclone Jack...

Researchers Find 3-Million-Year-Old Landscape Beneath Greenland Ice Sheet

04.18.2014
A team of university scientists and a NASA colleague were greatly surprised to discover an ancient tundra landscape preserved under the Greenland Ice Sheet, below two miles of ice.

NASA Celebrates Earth Day with Public Events, Online Activities

04.18.2014
NASA will celebrate the 44th anniversary of Earth Day with a variety activities April 21-27 to engage the public in the agency’s mission to better understand and protect our home planet.

Arctic Sea Ice Maximum 2014

04.18.2014
Arctic sea ice reached its annual maximum on March 21, 2014. And while the year was not extraordinary—the fifth lowest extent in 36 years of satellite records—the trend continues to be.

Hubble Sees Galaxies Spiraling around Leo

04.18.2014
Shown here is a spiral galaxy known as NGC 3455, which lies some 65 million light-years away from us in the constellation of Leo (the Lion).

IceBridge Mission Update: Snowy Start to Southwest

04.18.2014
Now in its sixth week, NASA's Operation IceBridge continued research on Arctic ice with two more flights out of Kangerlussuaq, Greenland.

NASA's MMS Observatories Stacked For Testing

04.18.2014
All four stacked Magnetospheric Multiscale, or MMS, spacecraft with solar arrays are ready to move to the vibration chamber at NASA's GSFC, where they will undergo environmental tests.

Sun Emits a Mid-level Solar Flare

04.18.2014
A mid-level flare burst from the sun on April 18, 2014, as seen as a bright spot in the center of this image. The image was captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory in 304 angstrom.

Vitamin B3, Perhaps Delivered to Ancient Earth by Meteorites

04.17.2014
Goddard's Astrobiology Analytical Laboratory found the vitamin, which can form non-biologically, in multiple meteorites. The presence of water seemed to affect the amount of compound detected.

Notes from the Field: Sampling the Global Ocean and a Note on Ocean Acidification.

04.16.2014
One of the greatest tools used by oceanographers today for measuring ocean processes is the CTD. CTD stands for Conductivity, Temperature and Depth.

Wildfire Burns Valparaiso, Chile

04.16.2014
High winds propelled a wildfire through parts of Valparaiso, Chile, on April 13, 2014, quickly becoming the largest fire in the history of this port city.
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