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NASA Goddard, National Philharmonic Explore Cosmos Through Imagery, Music Collaboration

Awe-inspiring NASA visuals combined with the might of a live symphonic orchestra last week in “Cosmic Cycles,” a multimedia collaboration among the agency’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, the National Philharmonic, and composer Henry Dehlinger.

A Deluge in Italy

Heavy rains caused destructive flash flooding in the Emilia-Romagna region.

Shifting Sand Spits

The shape of China’s Qinghai Lake changes in lockstep with climate.

Fires Scorch Western Canada

Raging fires destroyed homes in Alberta and produced towering chimneys of smoke.

Popocatépetl Volcano Keeps on Puffing

One of Mexico’s most active volcanoes continues to put on a show for satellites and astronauts.

Tulare Lake Grows

Flooding in the California lakebed continues to spread as spring brings snowmelt from the Sierras.

Freddy Brings Lean Times to Malawi

Hunger is on the rise in Malawi after the tropical cyclone devastated crops in the southern part of the country.

VP Harris, South Korea President Yoon Visit NASA Goddard

Vice President Kamala Harris and Republic of Korea (ROK) President Yoon Suk Yeol saw firsthand how NASA studies climate change during a visit to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, this afternoon.

VP Harris, South Korea President Yoon Suk Yeol to Visit NASA Goddard

Vice President Kamala Harris and Republic of Korea (ROK) President Yoon Suk Yeol will visit NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, on Tuesday, April 25, to see firsthand the agency’s climate change work. NASA Deputy Administrator Pam Melroy and Goddard Center Director Makenzie Lystrup will join them on tour.

NASA Teams with US Forest Service to Tally America’s Oldest Trees

Century-old sugar maples in Wisconsin. Five-hundred-year-old cedars in Oklahoma. Fifty-foot-wide oaks in Georgia. These trees grace our nation’s old-growth forests, and scientists say they hold unexplored mysteries from their roots to their rings.

NASA Celebrates Earth Day with Earth Science in Action

This Earth Day, you can join us in person and online to see how our observations help us monitor the planet’s vital signs and share them with scientists and citizens around the world.

A Flood of Wildflowers

Winter 2023 brought unusually intense rains to Southern California, which was followed by a magnificent bloom of wildflowers in spring.

NASA Releases Agency Climate Strategy

NASA has been working to better understand our home planet from the unique vantage point of space since the first TIROS satellites launched in the 1960s. Today, with more than two dozen Earth-observing satellites and instruments, it’s clearer than ever that our planet is an interconnected system.

Tornado Leaves Path of Destruction in Mississippi

A deadly tornado left a 29-mile-long path near Winona, which is visible in satellite images.

Flooded Rice Fields in Louisiana

The low-lying alluvial plain of the Mississippi River Valley is home to much of the nation’s rice farms.

NASA To Measure Forest Health from Above

Using hyperspectral and shortwave IR cameras, uncrewed aircraft and satellites could analyze forest canopy light to investigate the health of forests.

NASA Space Mission Takes Stock of Carbon Dioxide Emissions by Countries

A NASA Earth-observing satellite has helped researchers track carbon dioxide emissions for more than 100 countries around the world.

Saving a Forest of One

Overgrazing by deer poses a threat to a giant quaking aspen tree colony in Utah—one of the largest organisms in the world.

NASA-Funded Scientists Estimate Carbon Stored in African Dryland Trees

With the help of artificial intelligence and high-resolution satellite images, scientists mapped almost 10 billion individual trees in Africa’s drylands to assess the amount of carbon stored outside of the continent’s dense tropical forests. Having an accurate tree carbon estimate is essential for climate change projections.

Snow in Southern California

A powerful late-February storm brought blizzard conditions to areas near Los Angeles.

Fires Burn in Argentina’s Iberá National Park

Fueled by a heatwave and prolonged drought, fires burned the protected Argentine oasis, home to capybaras and jaguars.

Mardi Gras Pass

This free-flowing distributary reconnects the mighty Mississippi to the wetlands of Louisiana.

Fires Scar the Chilean Landscape

The outbreak of fires in early February 2023 has diminished, but the burned area remained visible from space.

Why Methane Surged in 2020

Warm, wet weather in the Northern Hemisphere combined with COVID-19 lockdowns pushed the potent greenhouse gas to record levels.

Fires Blaze Through South-Central Chile

Hot, dry winds fanned the flames of widespread fires in Chile.

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