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Ozone-Depleting Compound Persists, NASA Research Shows

08.20.2014
NASA research shows Earth's atmosphere contains an unexpectedly large amount of an ozone-depleting compound from an unknown source decades after the compound was banned worldwide.

Media Day at Wallops for NASA Hurricane Airborne Mission

08.20.2014
As the Atlantic Ocean's hurricane season hits its peak, media are invited to visit NASA's latest airborne hurricane research mission on Thursday, Sept. 11 at Wallops Flight Facility.

Signs of Deforestation in Brazil

08.20.2014
Multiple fires are visible in in this image of the Para and Mato Grosso states of Brazil.

Swirling Smoke Rises From Saskatchewan Fires

08.19.2014
Brown smoke rises and swirls northward into the Northern Territories of Canada.

RXTE Satellite Decodes the Rhythm of an Unusual Black Hole

08.18.2014
Astronomers have uncovered rhythmic pulsations from a rare type of black hole 12 million light-years away by sifting through archival data from NASA's Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) satellite.

Lowell (was 12E - Eastern Pacific Ocean)

08.18.2014
The Eastern Pacific has generated the twelfth tropical depression of the hurricane season, and satellite imagery showed that it dwarfs nearby Tropical Storm Karina.

Happy Camp and July Complex Fires in California

08.18.2014
A storm moved across Siskiyou County on July 29, 2014 with little moisture and a significant amount of lightning—with over 955 down strikes recorded.

New Satellite Data Will Help Farmers Facing Drought

08.18.2014
NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive mission, launching this winter, will provide global measurements of water in soil.

Hubble Stirs Up Galactic Soup

08.15.2014
This new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows a whole host of colorful and differently shaped galaxies.

Snow Cover on Arctic Sea Ice Has Thinned 30 to 50 Percent

08.15.2014
New research confirms that springtime snow on sea ice in the Arctic has thinned significantly in the last 50 years, by about a third in the Western Hemisphere and by half near Alaska.

NASA to Investigate Climate Impacts of Arctic Sea Ice Loss

08.14.2014
A new NASA field campaign - the Arctic Radiation IceBridge Sea and Ice Experiment (ARISE) - will begin flights over the Arctic this summer to study the effect of sea ice retreat on Arctic climate.

Fires in Northern Algeria

08.14.2014
This natural-color satellite image was collected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Aqua satellite. Actively burning areas are outlined in red.

Hubble Revisits a Globular Cluster’s Age

08.13.2014
Globular clusters are big balls of old stars that orbit around their host galaxy. It has long been believed that all the stars within a globular cluster form at the about same time.

Three Radars are Better than One: Field Campaign Demonstrates Two New Instruments

08.13.2014
Putting three radars on a plane to measure rainfall may seem like overkill. But for the Integrated Precipitation and Hydrology Experiment field campaign, more definitely was better.

Karina (Eastern Pacific)

08.13.2014
Tropical Storm Karina Forms in Eastern Pacific Near Socorro Island

Fire Danger Extreme in British Columbia, Canada

08.13.2014
The Canadian Wildfire Information System (CWIS) reports that there have been 637 new fires in the past week. The priority fires are all within British Columbia and have affected over 142,000 hectares.

Smoke from Russian Fires Over Arctic Sea

08.13.2014
Numerous wildfires have dotted the Russian landscape this past summer. The blaze of a fire is dangerous enough but smoke is an insidious by-product of fires.

Looking at Snow Depth with NASA Data

08.13.2014
Understanding the trend in snow depth on Arctic sea ice is important for determining what is happening to the ice now and projecting future changes in the Arctic Ocean.

NASA's NuSTAR Sees Rare Blurring of Black Hole Light

08.12.2014
NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) has captured an extreme and rare event in the regions immediately surrounding a supermassive black hole.

James Webb Space Telescope "Pathfinder" Backplane's Path to NASA

08.12.2014
The “central backbone” of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope practice-model recently took a cross-country trip to be part of a simulation of putting together vital parts of the telescope.

Southfork and Staley Complex Fires in Oregon

08.12.2014
The Southfork Complex fire began with a lightning strike on July 31, 2014. The complex has affected 62,476 acres to date. At present there are 798 personnel fighting this fire complex.

Fires in Northern Washington State

08.12.2014
The Pacific Northwest has been inundated with wildfires most stemming from lightning strikes during summer storms. Four of these wildfires can be seen in this natural-color Aqua/MODIS image.

Canadian Wildfires Not Taking A Break

08.12.2014
In this natural-color satellite image which was collected by Aqua/MODIS, dozens of wildfires are clearly seen above the Great Slave Lake and smoke is pouring off the fire activity.

Devil's Elbow Complex in Washington State

08.12.2014
The Devil's Elbow Complex is four wildfires that are located on the Colville Indian Reservation in northeastern Washington. They have burned over 17,000 acres. Three of the fires have merged.

NASA’s New Carbon Counter Collects Its First Data

08.12.2014
Just over a month after launch, the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 has been maneuvered into its final orbit and has produced its first science data.
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