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One Year into the Biden Administration, NASA Looks to Future

01.19.2022
Over the past year, NASA has made valuable contributions to Biden-Harris Administration’s goals – leading on the global stage, addressing the urgent issue of climate change, creating high paying jobs, and inspiring future generations.

ABoVE Science Team Members Study Boreal Forest Patterns on ADAPT Using LVIS Data, Field Sensors, and Satellites

12.08.2021
Members of the Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) Science Team are leveraging the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) ADAPT Science Cloud to measure changes in vegetation, composition, and wildlife frequency and extent in Alaska and Northern Canada.

NASA to Highlight New Science Findings, Missions During AGU Meeting

12.06.2021
NASA researchers and colleagues from around the world will present the latest findings on a range of Earth and space science topics at the annual American Geophysical Union (AGU) meeting, being held virtually and in New Orleans from Monday, Dec.13, through Friday, Dec. 17.

One Year From Launch: US-European Satellite to Track World’s Water

11.22.2021
An international team of engineers and technicians has finished assembling a next-generation satellite that will make the first global survey of Earth’s surface water and study fine-scale ocean currents. The Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) mission is just a year out from launch, and the final set of tests on the spacecraft have started.

Vice President Harris to Visit NASA Goddard Today, Deliver Live Remarks

11.05.2021
Vice President Kamala Harris will visit NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland today, Nov. 5, to get a firsthand look at the agency’s work to combat the climate crisis and protect vulnerable communities.

NASA Partnership Supports the Next Generation of Space and Science Professionals

11.03.2021
NASA's participation in the Mentoring365 program will provide connectivity and access to the next generation of space and science professionals.

NCCS ADAPT Science Cloud Helps Reveal Mercury’s Mysteries

10.29.2021
Data analysis employing the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) ADAPT Science Cloud for nearly 1 year has revealed never-before-seen details of the planet Mercury’s geodetic properties — the evolution over time of its geometric shape and orientation in space.

Study Projects a Surge in Coastal Flooding, Starting in 2030s

07.07.2021
In the mid-2030s, every U.S. coast will experience rapidly increasing high-tide floods, when a lunar cycle will amplify rising sea levels caused by climate change.

Assembly of Satellite to Track World’s Water Shifts From US to France

06.30.2021
Set for launch next year, the Surface Water and Ocean Topography mission will help scientists monitor Earth’s ocean, as well as the amount of fresh water in its lakes and rivers.

NASA’s 2021 Virtual Earth Day Event – Online, April 21–24

04.13.2021
NASA’s 2021 Virtual Earth Day Event – Online, April 21–24 You’re invited to NASA’s 2021 Virtual Earth Day Event, held April 21-24. Registration is FREE and open to the public!

NASA, US, European Partner Satellite Returns First Sea Level Measurements

12.30.2020
The Sentinel-6/Michael Freilich satellite reached its mapping orbit, and the radar altimeter returned its first measurements of sea surface height.

Beyond Ice: NASA’s ICESat-2 Shows Hidden Talents

12.30.2020
The ICESat-2 laser altimeter data provide height measurements of every 2.3 feet (70 centimeters) along the ground path. The data provide precise measurements of the ice sheet height, ice floes, forest canopies, rivers and lakes and surface topography, and shallow water bathymetry.

NASA Discoveries, R&D, Moon to Mars Exploration Plans Persevere in 2020

12.21.2020
"NASA has impressed the nation with our resilience and persistence during the pandemic," said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine.

NASA Highlights New Findings, Upcoming Missions at Virtual AGU Meeting

12.21.2020
ASA and researchers from around the world will present new findings on a wide range of Earth and space science topics at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), Dec. 1-17, held virtually this year.

NCCS, CISTO, and Partners Present Advances at Virtual AGU Fall Meeting

12.01.2020
Researchers from the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS), its parent Computational Information & Sciences and Technology Office (CISTO), NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and university partner organizations are participating in the Scientific Program at the 2020 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, being held online 1–17 Dec 2020.

Sea Level Watcher Takes Flight

11.27.2020
A joint U.S.-European satellite, built to monitor global sea levels, lifted off on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base just after 9 a.m. Pacific Time on November 21, 2020.

Predicted Expansion of the South Atlantic Anomaly in the Next Five Years

11.20.2020
One of our recent geomagnetic predictions is the continuous westward expansion of the South Atlantic Anomaly (SAA), an area at the Earth’s surface where the geomagnetic field intensity is exceptionally low and stretches from southern Africa, across the southern Atlantic and South America, to the eastern Pacific.

NCCS and Partners Highlight Recent Scientific Advancements at Virtual SC20 Conference

11.16.2020
The NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center partners will highlight their recent advances during SC20, the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis being held virtually November 9–19, 2020.

NASA Research Exhibit to Highlight Science and Engineering Advances at the Virtual SC20 Supercomputing Conference

11.16.2020
From assessing COVID-19’s global impacts to helping NASA return humans to the Moon to searching the cosmos for new exoplanets, researchers from across NASA, with university and industry partners, will highlight their latest advances, enabled by the agency’s supercomputers, at SC20—the International Conference for High Performance Computing.

Taking a Measure of Sea Level Rise: Ocean Altimetry

11.06.2020
The ocean is lumpy and sloshes around its basins for natural reasons. But it is also rising, slowly and steadily.

The Precision Behind Sea Level Rise

11.06.2020
Knowing the precise location of a satellite in space is critical for determining sea surface height and, through this, the rate of global mean sea level rise.

Beating Back the Tides

11.05.2020
Annapolis, Maryland; Norfolk, Virginia; and Miami were originally built and mapped to provide enough protection against flooding, but sea level rise has caused that buffer to shrink.

Taking a Measure of Sea Level Rise: Gravimetry

11.05.2020
Scientists measure ice’s gravitational pull on a pair of satellites, allowing them to estimate ice loss and its contribution to sea level rise.

NASA Researchers Track Slowly Splitting 'Dent' in Earth’s Magnetic Field

08.17.2020
A small but evolving dent in Earth’s magnetic field can cause big headaches for satellites.

Laser Beams Reflected Between Earth and Moon Boost Science

08.10.2020
After launching laser beams for years to NASA's Moon orbiter, scientists receive signal back for the first time
Paper in "Earth, Planets & Space" by Mazarico et al. (2020) on the successful laser ranging to LRO.

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