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Expanding Tropics Pushing High Altitude Clouds Towards Poles

05.05.2016
A new NASA analysis of 30-years of satellite data suggests that a previously observed trend of high altitude clouds in the mid-latitudes shifting toward the poles is caused primarily by the expansion

Wildfire Spreads in Fort McMurray

05.05.2016
On May 4, 2016, the the Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus (ETM+) on the Landsat 7 satellite acquired this false-color image of the wildfire that burned through Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada.

Now 40, NASA's LAGEOS Set the Bar for Studies of Earth

05.04.2016
Still going strong after 40 years, LAGEOS was NASA's first orbiter dedicated to satellite laser ranging. The satellite transformed studies of Earth’s shape, rotation and gravity field.

A “Clean” Start for First KORUS-AQ Flights

05.04.2016
After years of preparation, on Monday, May 2, the three KORUS-AQ aircraft (NASA B-200, NASA DC-8, and the Hanseo King-Air) took off for their first coordinated science flights over South Korea.

Fort McMurray Wildfire in Alberta Canada Deemed Extreme

05.04.2016
The Fort McMurray wildfire hazard has been deemed "extreme" by the Alberta Agriculture and Forestry website.

Heat Wave Hits Thailand, India

05.04.2016
April in Southeast Asia is usually a hot month, following the cool, dry season and preceding the monsoon season. But April 2016 was not your typical April.

Rising Carbon Dioxide Levels Will Help and Hurt Crops

05.03.2016
Elevated carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere may increase water-use efficiency in crops and considerably mitigate yield losses due to climate change, according to a new NASA study.

NASA Goddard Cinematographer Receives Award for "The Helheim Experience" Film

05.03.2016
A transmedia producer at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, received a NASA award for her film called "The Helheim Experience" about NASA's Operation IceBridge mission.

The Taklimakan Desert: A Factory for Dust Storms

05.03.2016
The Taklimakan desert is one of the driest, most barren expanses on Earth.

NASA's IMERG Analyzes Severe Weather in Tornado Alley and Eastward

05.02.2016
Severe spring thunderstorms frequently spawned tornadoes from the Gulf Coast north and eastward during the past seven days.

Fires Cover Large Portions of West Africa

05.02.2016
NASA's Suomi NPP satellite collected this natural-color image using the VIIRS (Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite) instrument on April 30, 2016.

Rocky Mountain Fire Still Aglow in Virginia

05.02.2016
This natural-color satellite image of the Rocky Mountain Fire in Virginia was collected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Aqua satellite on April 24, 2016.

Bushfires in Western Australia and the Northwest Territory

05.02.2016
This natural-color satellite image of northern Australia was collected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Aqua satellite on April 24, 2016.

Hubble Sees Galaxy Hiding in the Night Sky

04.29.2016
This striking NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image captures the galaxy UGC 477, located just over 110 million light-years away in the constellation of Pisces (The Fish).

Leonardo DiCaprio Visited Goddard

04.29.2016
Academy Award winning actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio visited Goddard to talk about NASA Earth science with former astronaut Piers Sellers...

Fires and Smoke in Nepal

04.29.2016
In Nepal, the dry month of April always brings an increase in fire activity.

NASA's OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission

04.29.2016
The OSIRIS-REx mission, scheduled for launch in September 2016, will return a sample of asteroid Bennu to Earth so that scientists can study pristine material left over from the early solar system.

NASA Research Gives New Insights into How the Moon Got 'Inked'

04.29.2016
Observations from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter combined with computer simulations offer new clues about lunar swirls -- mysterious patterns of light and dark "tattooed" on the moon’s surface.

Smoke and Fires Across Northern India

04.28.2016
Fires dot the landscape on the border of India (right) and Pakistan (left) at the foothills of the Himalaya Mountains.

NASA's Fermi Telescope Helps Link Cosmic Neutrino to Blazar Blast

04.28.2016
Nearly 10 billion years ago, the black hole at the center of a galaxy known as PKS B1424-418 produced a powerful outburst.

James Webb Space Telescope's Golden Mirror Unveiled

04.27.2016
NASA engineers recently unveiled the giant golden mirror of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope as part of the integration and testing of the infrared telescope.

A Sudden Color Change on Lake Kivu

04.26.2016
n April 2016, the waters of Lake Kivu in central Africa changed color unexpectedly. The blue freshwater lake turned milky in color, as viewed from boats and from space.

NASA Scientists Scrutinize Arctic Gas Flaring Pollution

04.26.2016
Flaring of waste natural gas from industrial oil fields in the Northern Hemisphere is a potential source of significant amounts of nitrogen dioxide and black carbon to the Arctic,,,

Carbon Dioxide Fertilization Greening Earth, Study Finds

04.26.2016
From a quarter to half of Earth’s vegetated lands has shown significant greening over the last 35 years largely due to rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide, according to a new study.

Hubble Discovers Moon Orbiting the Dwarf Planet Makemake

04.26.2016
Peering to the outskirts of our solar system, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has spotted a small, dark moon orbiting Makemake, the second brightest icy dwarf planet - after Pluto - in the Kuiper Belt.
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