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

06.12.2018
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

05.08.2018
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

05.04.2018
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

05.01.2018
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

04.24.2018
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

04.24.2018
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

04.21.2018
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

04.13.2018
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

04.10.2018
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

03.24.2018
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

03.21.2018
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

03.20.2018
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

03.20.2018
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

03.13.2018
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

03.06.2018
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

02.27.2018
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

02.12.2018
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

01.31.2018
Sixty years ago, the U.S. launched Explorer 1, rocketing into the Space Age.

Explorer 1: The Beginning of American Space Science

01.23.2018
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

12.28.2017
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

12.20.2017
A look back at 2017 at NASA Goddard.

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

12.11.2017
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

11.17.2017
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

From Microscopic to Multicellular: Six Stories of Life that NASA Sees from Space

11.14.2017
Scientists have use satellites to understand how life flourishes and fades on our planet. These selected visual stories of bacteria, plants, land animals, sea creatures and birds show what a view from space can reveal.

The Changing Colors of our Living Planet

11.13.2017
While NASA began monitoring life on land in the 1970s with the Landsat satellites, this fall marks 20 years since the space agency has continuously observed plant life at the surface of both the land and ocean.
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