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NASA Program Enhances Climate Resilience at Agency Facilities

10.31.2014
A new study provides an in-depth look at how NASA facilities have been affected by climate extremes and climate change in recent years and how the agency is preparing for the future.

Goodbye to Rainy Days for US, Japan’s First Rain Radar in Space

10.31.2014
After 17 years of groundbreaking 3-D images of rain and storms, the joint NASA and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) will come to an end next year.

Nuri (Western Pacific Ocean)

10.31.2014
Tropical Depression Nuri formed on Halloween morning, October 31, and is haunting the waters of the western North Pacific Ocean.

Activity at Sakura-jima Volcano

10.31.2014
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite acquired this image of Sakura-jima, a volcano in southern Japan, venting ash over Kagoshima Bay.

Hubble Sees 'Ghost Light' From Dead Galaxies

10.30.2014
NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has picked up the faint, ghostly glow of stars ejected from ancient galaxies that were gravitationally ripped apart several billion years ago.

2014 Antarctic Ozone Hole Holds Steady

10.30.2014
The Antarctic ozone hole reached its annual peak size on Sept. 11, according to scientists from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Hundreds of Agricultural Fires in India

10.30.2014
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite detected dozens of fires burning in India on October 30, 2014.

Vance (was 21E - Eastern Pacific)

10.30.2014
Tropical Storm Vance was haunting the waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean.

Nine to Midnight – Goddard’s Rock Band

10.30.2014
There is a little-known law of physics: put three physicists in a basement at night and you get a rock band.

Kilauea Lava Flow Reaches Hawaiian Town

10.29.2014
For several weeks, residents of the Hawaiian town of Pahoa have been warily watching an unusual flow of lava from Kilauea grow closer to their community.

Two Years Later: NASA Remembers Hurricane Sandy

10.29.2014
Turbulent, swirling winds traveled from the Caribbean Sea and along the Atlantic Ocean in late October of 2012 to produce one of the most impactful hurricanes on the U.S. East Coast— Hurricane Sandy.

Smoke and Haze Over China

10.29.2014
Smoke and haze hang over a large portion of eastern China in this image captured by the Aqua satellite on October 29, 2014.

Here’s Looking at You: Spooky Shadow Gives Jupiter a Giant Eye

10.28.2014
In this view, the shadow of the Jovian moon Ganymede swept across the center of the Great Red Spot. This gave Jupiter the uncanny appearance of having a pupil in the center of an "eye"

SDO POTW: Prodigious Sunspot

10.28.2014
The largest sunspot, almost as big as the planet Jupiter, of this solar cycle has now rotated around so that it is just about facing Earth.

Mark Olsen - An Atmospheric Dynamicist With a Beat

10.28.2014
Atmospheric dynamicist Mark Olsen enjoys unplanned scientific discoveries and drumming in his rock band with his Goddard friends.

Fire and Snow Falling on the Ukraine

10.28.2014
In this image collected by NASA's Aqua satellite on October 27, 2014, dozens of hot spots have been detected by the MODIS instrument in Ukraine.

NASA’s LRO Spacecraft Captures Images of LADEE’s Impact Crater

10.28.2014
NASA’S Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has spied a new crater on the lunar surface, made by the impact of NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer mission.

IceBridge Flies Around the Pole

10.27.2014
Operation IceBridge continued its Antarctic research campaigns with flights designed to study changing glacier ice and set a baseline for future satellite missions.

Nilofar (Arabian Sea)

10.27.2014
Tropical Cyclone 04A continues to intensify and had been renamed Tropical Cyclone Nilofar when NASA's Aqua satellite passed overhead on Oct. 27.

NASA's SDO Observes More Flares Erupting from Giant Sunspot

10.27.2014
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this image of an X2.0-class solar flare bursting off the lower right side of the sun on Oct. 27, 2014.

NASA Identifies Ice Cloud Above Cruising Altitude on Titan

10.24.2014
NASA scientists have identified an unexpected high-altitude methane ice cloud on Saturn's moon Titan that is similar to exotic clouds found far above Earth's poles.

Hubble Views the Whirling Disk of NGC 4526

10.24.2014
This galaxy is known as NGC 4526. Its dark lanes of dust and bright diffuse glow make the galaxy appear to hang like a halo in the emptiness of space in this image from the Hubble.

MAVEN Ultraviolet Image of Comet Siding Spring’s Hydrogen Coma

10.23.2014
NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft captured an ultraviolet image of hydrogen surrounding comet Siding Spring. The cloud was about a half degree across, comparable in size to Earth’s moon as seen from Earth.

NASA's SDO Observes Largest Sunspot of the Solar Cycle

10.23.2014
A gigantic sunspot – almost 80,000 miles across --can be seen on the lower center of the sun in this image from NASA’s Solar Dynamic Observatory captured on Oct. 23, 2014.

Sunset Solar Eclipse

10.23.2014
On Thursday, Oct. 23rd, the setting sun across eastern parts of the USA will be red, beautiful and … crescent-shaped.
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