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African Smoke-Cloud Connection Target of NASA Airborne Flights

The ORACLES mission is gathering data on how aerosols such as smoke affect clouds and in turn Earth's climate.

Devastation in Palu After Earthquake, Tsunami

Sobering satellite views reveal massive damage on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.

Landslides in Hokkaido

A powerful earthquake triggered hundreds of landslides on the Japanese island.

Urban Growth of New Delhi

The capital of India, New Delhi, has been experiencing one of the fastest urban expansions in the world.

Down to the Kernel: NASA Space Imaging Helps Predict Crop Yields

Satellite imagery offers scientists new insights into our planet, but the daily snapshots from space also have an impact for business too—including helping predict just how much corn is growing down here on the ground.

Unexpected Future Boost of Methane Possible from Arctic Permafrost

New NASA-funded research has discovered that permafrost's expected gradual thawing and the associated release of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere may actually be sped up by a process called abrupt thawing.

NASA Goddard’s Science Jamboree Connects Disciplines and Interns

The Goddard Science Jamboree provides an opportunity for interns and senior scientists alike to learn more about the science happening in other disciplines in one room.

Fires, Floods and Satellite Views: Modeling the Boreal Forest’s Future

The 2014 megafires in Canada's Northwest Territories burned 7 million acres of forest, making it one of the most severe fire events in Canadian history.

NASA Surveys Hurricane Damage to Puerto Rico’s Forests

Hurricane Maria barreled across Puerto Rico with winds of up to 155 miles per hour and battering rain that flooded towns, knocked out communications networks and destroyed the power grid.

Help NASA Track and Predict Mosquito-Borne Disease Outbreaks

Picnics, parades and fireworks are the attributes of a grand July Fourth celebration. So are the itch and scratch of mosquito bites.

3D View of Amazon Forests Captures Effects of El Niño Drought

In the first high-resolution measurements of the central Brazilian Amazon's tree canopy, NASA researchers found that 65 percent more trees and large branches died due to an El Niño-driven drought.

NASA Scientist to Discuss 'Mapping the Blue Marble: Using Space-Based Observations for Improved Global Water Security and Sustainability' at Library of Congress Lecture

The public is invited to a free talk called 'Mapping the Blue Marble: Using Space-Based Observations for Improved Global Water Security and Sustainability,' with Dr. John Bolten.

May the Forest Be With You: GEDI Moves Toward Launch to Space Station

A first-of-its-kind laser instrument designed to map the world's forests in 3-D is moving toward an earlier launch to the International Space Station than previously expected.

Deforestation in Paraguay

The Gran Chaco region in South America has one of the highest rates of deforestation in the world.

2020 Decadal Survey Missions: At a Glance

Any telescope that reaches the launch pad in the 2030s likely will look much different than the concepts four teams are currently studying to inform the 2020 Decadal Survey for Astrophysics, but the studies do offer a roadmap.

NASA Teams Study the Agency’s Future in Astrophysics; Tackle Formidable Technology Challenges

As in past decades, the agency won’t make that decision in a vacuum or without understanding the technical obstacles, which are formidable.

Satellite Imagery Sheds Light on Agricultural Water Use

Earth may be the “Blue Planet,” with more than 70 percent of its surface covered in water, but it is still a thirsty planet, with freshwater in heavy demand.

NASA Mapping Hurricane Damage to Everglades, Puerto Rico Forests

Last spring, NASA researchers flew over the Everglades and Puerto Rico to measure how mangroves and rainforests grow and evolve over time. Five months later, hurricanes Irma and Maria tore through...

The Island Named After a Satellite

It measures 25 meters by 45 meters (27 yards by 49 yards), about half the size of a football field. It is so small that you cannot see it on Google maps.

Samalayuca Sand Dunes

When sheets of ice spread across North America during the Pleistocene Epoch, many pluvial lakes formed well beyond the edge of the ice sheets.

The Spread of Mangroves in Senegal

The blend of land, water, and wood that define Senegal’s mangrove forests are not just beautiful; they are important.

Western Australia Experiencing Bushfire Outbreak

NASA's Suomi NPP satellite collected this natural-color image of fires in Western Australia using the VIIRS instrument on March 16, 2018.

Westernmost Part of Russia Experiencing Large Fire Outbreak

The Suomi NPP satellite captured this image of dozens of hot spots scattered throughout the Kaliningrad Oblast, Russia landscape which is the westernmost point of Russia.

The Sculpting of Ebro Delta

ust over 200 kilometers (120 miles) southwest of Barcelona, Spain’s largest river meets the Mediterranean Sea and creates the Ebro Delta.

Sarawak’s Rajang River Delta

In Sarawak, rivers stem from rivers stemming from even larger rivers. The snake-like nature and sharp turns of these waterways resemble a painting when viewed from space.
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