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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.

Ethiopia’s Sanetti Plateau

he Bale range in Africa is made up of mountains built upon mountains. Formed tens of millions of years ago by successive outpourings of lava, the Sanetti Plateau towers over southeastern Ethiopia,

Old Europe Meets the New World

It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the Americas, and the one that still feels closest to its roots. Some people refer to it as the “most European city in North America.”

Celebrating 60 Years of Groundbreaking U.S. Space Science

Sixty years ago, the U.S. launched Explorer 1, rocketing into the Space Age.

Explorer 1: The Beginning of American Space Science

Sixty years ago, the hopes of Cold War America soared into the night sky as a rocket lofted skyward above Cape Canaveral, a soon-to-be-famous barrier island off the Florida coast.

Agricultural Fires in Africa Stretch the Whole of the Continent

The VIIRS instrument on the Suomi NPP satellite collected this image which detected hundreds upon hundreds of fires burning in Central Africa. Most likely these fires are agricultural in nature.

NASA Goddard Year in Review - 2017

A look back at 2017 at NASA Goddard.

NASA Shows New Tongan Island Made of Tuff Stuff, Likely to Persist Years

The new analysis of its first 30 months from satellite observations now offers insight into how long it may last and the processes that govern new island formation and destruction.

New NASA Insights into the Secret Lives of Plants

NASA will take a new look at vegetation in the next few years with several unique instruments in space. The missions will help scientists investigate the role of plants in Earth's global carbon and wa
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