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James Webb Space Telescope's ISIM Passes Severe-Sound Test

09.02.2015
A critical part of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope successfully completed acoustic testing during the week of Aug. 3.

NASA Soil Moisture Radar Ends Operations, Mission Science Continues

09.02.2015
Mission managers for NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory have determined that its radar, one of the satellite’s two science instruments, can no longer return data.

Cabo Verde Hit by First Hurricane in a Century

09.02.2015
Fred appears to be the easternmost hurricane to form in the tropical Atlantic during the satellite era.

Record Setting Three Category Four Storms in Pacific

09.02.2015
August 2015 marked the first time in recorded history that three Category 4 storms simultaneously paraded over the central and eastern Pacific.

Canyon Creek Complex Fire in Oregon

09.02.2015
A lightning strike on August 12, 2015 started a wildfire in the Malheur National Forest in Central Oregon.

Walt Meier - Educating Others on How Ice Warms the Planet

09.01.2015
From a dinner with Al Gore to time spent on educational outreach, Walt Meier’s work with climate data has given him some unusual opportunities.

Four Tropical Cyclones Across the Entire Pacific Ocean

09.01.2015
This GOES-West satellite image shows four tropical cyclones in the North Western, Central and Eastern Pacific Ocean on September 1, 2015.

TD14E (Eastern Pacific)

09.01.2015
Tropical Depression 14E was born in the Eastern Pacific Ocean early on September 1 when NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed overhead and looked at it in infrared light.

Avoiding Rock Bottom: How Landsat Aids Nautical Charting

09.01.2015
On the most recent nautical chart of the Beaufort Sea, a massive shoal is immediately noticeable.

NASA Arctic Field Campaign to Examine Ecosystem Impacts of Changing Climate

08.31.2015
NASA has begun a multi-year field campaign to investigate ecological impacts of the rapidly changing climate in Alaska and northwestern Canada.

Supermoon Lunar Eclipse

08.31.2015
On September 27, 2015, there will be a rare supermoon lunar eclipse. NASA Goddard explains what makes this event special.

Rough Fire in Southern California

08.31.2015
Wildfires in the western states have been continuous this summer season.

Western Wildfire Smoke Has Drifted Over the Atlantic

08.31.2015
Smoke from the treacherous western wildfires of both the U.S. and Canada has wafted across country and out to sea.

NASA Sees a Tropical Trio of Category 4 Pacific Ocean Hurricanes

08.30.2015
NASA's Terra satellite saw Hurricanes Kilo, Ignacio, and Jimena, all Category Four Hurricanes, lined up across the Central and Eastern Pacific Ocean on August 29.

Fred (Atlantic Ocean)

08.30.2015
Tropical Storm Fred developed early on Sunday, August 30, 2015 from a tropical wave off the coast of Western Africa.

Greenland Campaign Takes Flight for Better Ice Sheet Measurements

08.28.2015
Earlier this month, a NASA instrument nestled in the belly of a small plane flew over Greenland’s ice sheet and the Arctic Ocean’s icy waters.

A Summer of NASA Research on Sea Level Rise in Greenland

08.28.2015
On Greenland’s ice sheet, a vast icy landscape crisscrossed by turquoise rivers and dotted with melt water lakes, a small cluster of orange camping tents popped up in late July.

NASA's Aqua Satellite Sees Central Africa in the "Red"

08.28.2015
A few more countries are coming into the forefront with large widespread fires--Angola, Zambia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Central Africa.

Hubble Sees a Youthful Cluster

08.28.2015
Shown here in a new image taken with the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) on board the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope is the globular cluster NGC 1783.

Hubble Finds That the Nearest Quasar Is Powered by a Double Black Hole

08.27.2015
Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have found that Markarian 231 (Mrk 231), is powered by two central black holes furiously whirling about each other.

Jimena (Eastern Pacific)

08.27.2015
Aqua and GOES-West satellites provided temperature and cloud data on newborn Tropical Storm Jimena in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.

Signs of Katrina Linger in the Marshes

08.27.2015
Ten years after making landfall, scars from Hurricane Katrina still linger.

Lake Baikal Wrapped in Fog, Fire, and Smoke

08.27.2015
Lake Baikal in Russia, the world's oldest, deepest lake, is encased in smoke, fire and fog in this image collected by Terra on August 27, 2015.

Warming Seas and Melting Ice Sheets

08.26.2015
Sea level rise is a natural consequence of the warming of our planet.

Glacial Rebound: The Not So Solid Earth

08.26.2015
When you fill a sink, the water rises at the same rate to the same height in every corner. That's not the way it works with our rising seas.
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