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IceBridge Overflies Norwegian Camp On Drifting Sea Ice

03.26.2015
Operation IceBridge successfully overflew a drifting Norwegian research vessel locked into the sea ice in the Fram Strait during its first flight of the 2015 Arctic field season.

Fires in Sierra Leone March 2015

03.26.2015
Widespread agricultural burning continues throughout Sierra Leone.

Swirls of Color in the Yellow Sea

03.26.2015
The Yellow Sea, pictured here in an image acquired on February 24, 2015, by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite.

“V” is for Volcano

03.26.2015
Ash from one of Kamchatka’s most active volcanoes headed toward Alaska.

Increased Rainfall in Tropics Caused by More Frequent Big Storms

03.25.2015
A new study based in part on NASA satellite data has shown that an increase in large, well-organized thunderstorms is behind increased rainfall in the wettest regions of the tropics.

NASA Invites Reporters to see Stunning New Global Precipitation Portrait

03.25.2015
Scientists will stand in front of a 20-foot-long wall of monitors showing every hurricane, blizzard and rainstorm that occurred around the world over four months.

Weak El Niño, but Hints of Pacific Change

03.25.2015
El Niño has returned to the Pacific Ocean, according to scientists, but it is weak and late and not likely to deliver much precipitation to the parched American West.

NASA's Curiosity Rover Finds Biologically Useful Nitrogen on Mars

03.24.2015
An analysis of Martian sediments by Curiosity’s Sample Analysis at Mars instrument detected nitric oxide – likely from nitrates, which contain nitrogen in a form that can be used by living organisms.

Historical Satellite Images Reveal Snow is Melting Earlier in Wyoming

03.23.2015
A NASA study of a basin in northwestern Wyoming revealed that the snowmelt season in the area is now ending on average about sixteen days earlier than it did from the 1970s through the 1990s.

Reuben (NW Pacific Ocean)

03.23.2015
NASA catches the two day life of Tropical Cyclone Reuben...

Operation IceBridge Debuts Its Seventh Arctic Campaign

03.20.2015
Operation IceBridge, an airborne survey of polar ice, successfully completed its first Greenland research flight of 2015 on Mar 19, launching its 7th Arctic campaign, which continues until May 22.

Hubble Sees an Intriguing Young-Looking Dwarf Galaxy

03.20.2015
The bright streak of glowing gas and stars in this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image is known as PGC 51017, or SBSG 1415+437. It is a type of galaxy known as a blue compact dwarf.

2015 Arctic Sea Ice Maximum Annual Extent Is Lowest On Record

03.19.2015
The sea ice cap of the Arctic appeared to reach its annual maximum winter extent on Feb. 25. At 5.61 million square miles, this year’s maximum extent was the smallest on the satellite record.

Study Assesses Fragility of Global Food System

03.19.2015
As global food networks become more complex and interdependent, how concerned should we be about the stability of the system being disrupted by geopolitical, economic, and climatic events?

NASA Spacecraft Detects Aurora and Mysterious Dust Cloud around Mars

03.18.2015
NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft has observed an unexplained high-altitude dust cloud and an aurora that reaches surprisingly deep into the Martian atmosphere.

Taming the Mississippi River

03.18.2015
A prolonged campaign has been waged to control the Mississippi river has been. Left alone, the Lower Mississippi River would whip back and forth across a 200-mile arc every few thousand years.

Earth Image: A Sign of Surging on Bivachny Glacier

03.18.2015
Of the approximate 200,000 glaciers on Earth, about 1 percent of them are classified as “surging.”

NASA's LRO Spacecraft Finds March 2013 Impact Crater and More

03.17.2015
The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter acquired images before and after a boulder-sized object hit the surface in March 2013, causing a flash of light 10 times as bright as anything recorded before.

Lauren M. Zamora – Meeting Nobel Laureates Just Part of the Job

03.17.2015
This People of Goddard issue features Lauren Zamora, who has been selected to attend the 65th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting.

Earth Image: Kilauea Lava Lingers Near Pahoa

03.17.2015
When astronauts on the International Space Station passed over Hawaii on February 18, 2015, they took a photograph of a volcanic plume drifting from Kilauea’s Pu‘u ‘O’o crater.

Shipping Superhighways

03.17.2015
The oceans may be vast, yet they still can grow crowded. Some congested areas have enough ship traffic that they must maintain traffic separation schemes to reduce the risk of collisions.

Water Levels Still Dropping Near Sao Paulo

03.17.2015
Southeastern and eastern Brazil is three years into one of its worst droughts in a century. The region is already 100 to 200 millimeters (4 to 8 inches) below normal rainfall for the calendar year.

Pam (Southern Pacific Ocean)

03.16.2015
Tropical Cyclone Pam formed in the Solomon Islands in the Southern Pacific Ocean early on March 9.

Nathan (Southern Pacific Ocean)

03.16.2015
The Suomi NPP satellite saw Tropical Cyclone Nathan begin circling near the Queensland Coast.

Bavi (NW Pacific Ocean)

03.16.2015
TRMM satellite finds heavy rain in Tropical Storm Bavi.
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