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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.

Environmental Watch with NASA’s 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.

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.

Mission Update: Operation Ice Bridge: Weather Plays a Role

04.16.2014
Researchers with NASA's Operation IceBridge continued their work with more surveys of Greenland's ice sheet and glaciers.

Goddard Scientist Receives Vega Medal From King of Sweden

04.15.2014
Climate scientist Compton Tucker received a Vega Medal from Carl XVI Gustaf, the king of Sweden on April 14, 2014.

Anne Douglass - Thinks Like a Scientist

04.15.2014
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.

Odd Tilts Could Make More Worlds Habitable

04.15.2014
Planets that lean one way, then change orientation within a short geological time might be surprisingly habitable, according to modeling by scientists affiliated with the NASA Astrobiology Institute.

Solar Gusher

04.15.2014
An active region blew out a flare (bright flash) and a dark rush of plasma spewing above the Sun (Apr. 4, 2014). Then the semi-transparent plasma seemed to turn and shift in planes.

Cruising for Ocean Data

04.14.2014
You might think Earth-observing satellites have clear and precise vision right off the launch pad. The reality is more complicated...

Expanding Jakobshavn Coverage

04.11.2014
Operation IceBridge continued its 2014 Arctic campaign with a survey of the rapidly changing Jakobshavn Glacier and a survey that included a pass over the National Science Foundation's Summit Station.

NASA's Hubble Extends Stellar Tape Measure 10 Times Farther Into Space

04.10.2014
Using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers now can precisely measure the distance of stars up to 10,000 light-years away -- 10 times farther than previously possible.

Appearance of Night-Shining Clouds Has Increased

04.10.2014
A NASA mission called Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere, or AIM, was launched in 2007 to observe noctilucent clouds, but it currently only has a view of the clouds near the poles.

NASA Simulation Portrays Ozone Intrusions From Aloft

04.10.2014
Outdoor enthusiasts in Colorado's Front Range enjoy the remarkable visibility brought about by dry, clear air and wind. But it's the unseen that has attracted the interest of NASA scientists....
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