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Tropical Depression 16W (NW Pacific)

09.17.2014
NASA sees birth of Tropical Depression 16W.

NASA Mars Spacecraft Ready for Sept. 21 Orbit Insertion

09.17.2014
NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft is nearing its scheduled Sept. 21 insertion into Martian orbit. The mission timeline will place the spacecraft in orbit at approximately 9:50 p.m. EDT.

Investigating the Martian Atmosphere (video)

09.17.2014
MAVEN will be the first spacecraft devoted to studying the Red Planet's upper atmosphere, in an effort to understand how the Martian climate has changed over time.

California's King Fire East of Sacramento

09.17.2014
California's King Fire tripled in size from Monday, September 15 to Tuesday morning, September 16, and current weather conditions are doing nothing more than helping it along.

Smoke Wafts Over the Selway Valley in Idaho

09.17.2014
Smoke from the fires in the Selway Complex and the Johnson Bar fire is wafting into the Selway River valley.

36 Pit Fire in Oregon

09.17.2014
The 36 Pit Fire began on September 13, 2014. The fire is human-caused and is still under investigation.

Dry Conditions and Lightning Strikes Make for a Long California Fire Season

09.17.2014
The fire season in California has been anything but cooperative this year.

UN Panel: Ozone Layer on the Road to Recovery

09.17.2014
Earth’s protective ozone layer is on track for recovery within the next few decades according to a new assessment by 282 scientists from 36 countries.

Hubble Helps Find Smallest Known Galaxy Containing a Supermassive Black Hole

09.17.2014
Astronomers using data from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and ground observation have found an unlikely object in an improbable place - a monster black hole lurking inside one of the tiniest galaxies.

Airborne Campaigns Focus on Climate Impacts in the Arctic

09.16.2014
As the Arctic’s summer comes to a close, NASA is hard at work studying how rising temperatures are affecting the region.

NASA HS3 Instrument Views 2 Dimensions of Clouds

09.16.2014
NASA’s Cloud Physics Lidar (CPL) instrument is flying aboard an unmanned Global Hawk aircraft in this summer’s Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel, or HS3, mission.

NASA's HS3 Mission Covers Transition of Hurricane Cristobal

09.16.2014
NASA's Global Hawk 872 aircraft flew over Hurricane Cristobal on August 28.

Polo (Eastern Pacific)

09.16.2014
Newborn Tropical Storm Polo gave a NASA satellite a "cold reception" when infrared data saw some very cold cloud top temperatures and strong storms within that hint at intensification.

Seeing NASA Earth Science Through Teens' Lenses

09.15.2014
Student winners of NASA's 2014 educational "REEL Science Communication Contest" have completed their follow-on Earth science videos after a month-long workshop with NASA experts.

Fires North of Mackenzie River in Canada

09.15.2014
According to the Northwestern Territories Fire website as of August 31, 2014, all fire personnel and equipment have been taken off all fires in the North and South Slave region.

Fires and Burn Scars in Australia's Northern Territory

09.15.2014
New fires surround burn scars in this image taken by the Terra satellite on September 14, 2014 near Gregory National Park in Australia.

Edouard (was TD6 - Atlantic Ocean)

09.12.2014
NASA-NOAA Suomi NPP sees formation of Tropical Storm Edouard...

Selway Complex and Johnson Bar Fires in Idaho

09.12.2014
Two fires are seen burning in this satellite image taken by the Aqua satellite on September 11, 2014.

James Webb Space Telescope's "Mirror Mattress"

09.12.2014
The backplane of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope looks like the springs in a mattress. In this photo, you see the central part of the three-part backplane, tilted to its side, much like a mattress.

Hubble Paints a Spattering of Blue

09.12.2014
This image, captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope’s Wide Field Camera 3, combines a wide range of wavelengths spanning the ultraviolet, optical, and infrared parts of the spectrum.

NASA Research Gives Guideline for Future Alien Life Search

09.11.2014
Simulations of exoplanet atmospheres indicate that detection of ozone and oxygen is not enough to indicate a biological source; the presence and absence of other key gases needs to be considered.

Video: 15-year Satellite Record Shows Decline in Northern Hemisphere Phytoplankton Populations

09.11.2014
Using a NASA model in combination with ocean satellite data between 1998 and 2012, a team led by NASA has found a 1% per year decrease in populations of phytoplankton over that period.

Update and Q&A on NASA's 2014 HS3 Hurricane Mission

09.11.2014
NASA's Hurricane and Severe Storms Sentinel or HS3 mission is taking flight, and Principal Investigator Scott Braun answered some behind-the-scenes questions about the 2014 mission.

NASA Hurricane Animation Paints Colors of the Wind

09.11.2014
A new animation from NASA paints the colors of the wind in a tropical low pressure area that was investigated during NASA's 2013 Hurricane and Severe Storms Sentinel mission.

First Four Flights for ARISE

09.11.2014
Researchers with NASA’s ARISE campaign got things off to a productive start with four surveys in a row.
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