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New Studies Increase Confidence in NASA's Measure of Earth's Temperature

05.23.2019
The first assessment of statistical uncertainty in the GISS Surface Temperature Analysis (GISTEMP) index shows that recent surface warming trends are significantly larger than the uncertainty in the data.

Choking on Saharan Dust

05.01.2019
A new analysis suggests that exposure to mineral dust may be a bigger cause of premature death in Africa than previously thought.

NASA Study: Human Influence on Global Droughts Goes Back 100 Years

05.01.2019
Human-generated greenhouse gases and atmospheric particles were affecting global drought risk as far back as the early 20th century, according to a study

NASA Investigation Uncovers Cause of Two Science Mission Launch Failures

05.01.2019
NASA Launch Services Program (LSP) investigators have determined the technical root cause for the Taurus XL launch failures of NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO) and Glory missions.

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center Celebrates 60 Years

04.29.2019
On May 1, 1959, the Beltsville Space Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, was renamed NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in honor of Robert H. Goddard, widely considered the father of modern rocketry. Thus began a 60-year boom in science and technological innovation.

NASA Celebrates Earth Day with Social Media, Public Events

04.18.2019
This Earth Day, April 22, NASA invites you to celebrate our beautiful home planet by participating in a global social media event and local events around the country.

Picture Earth for Earth Day 2019

04.12.2019
For Earth Day 2019, NASA invites you to celebrate the planet we call home with our #PictureEarth social media event.

NASA Invites Media to 57th Annual Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium

03.15.2019
Media are invited to the 57th Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium on March 20-21.

New NASA Book Shares Beauty of Earth from Space

02.20.2019
NASA’s new 168-page book “Earth,” a collection of dramatic images captured by Earth-observing satellites, is available now in hardcover and ebook, and online with interactive features.

2018 Fourth Warmest Year in Continued Warming Trend, According to NASA, NOAA

02.06.2019
Earth's global surface temperatures in 2018 were the fourth warmest since 1880, according to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

NASA, NOAA to Announce 2018 Global Temperatures, Climate Conditions

02.04.2019
Climate experts from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will provide the annual release of global temperatures data and discuss the most important climate trends of 2018.

Drought Persists in the U.S. Southwest

11.13.2018
Drought conditions in 2018 are extreme over the Four Corners region of the United States.

NASA Brings its Science and Supercomputing Advances to SC18

11.05.2018
From designing rocket launch pad components and safer rotorcraft to improving flood and drought forecasts to modeling the formation of planetary disks, NASA will highlight supercomputing advances at SC18, the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis, Nov. 12 to 15 in Dallas.

African Smoke-Cloud Connection Target of NASA Airborne Flights

10.12.2018
The ORACLES mission is gathering data on how aerosols such as smoke affect clouds and in turn Earth's climate.

Summer Ship Tracks in the Pacific

09.04.2018
In August 2018, long, narrow clouds stood out against the backdrop of marine clouds blanketing much of the North Pacific Ocean.

NASA Goddard’s Science Jamboree Connects Disciplines and Interns

07.26.2018
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.

June 2018 Ties for Third Warmest June on Record

07.16.2018
June 2018 continued the warming trend of the past 40 years.

Forecasting Fire

07.03.2018
NASA researchers have created a model that analyzes various weather conditions, including rainfall, to predict the formation and spread of fires.

Will We Know Life When We See It? NASA-led Group Takes Stock of the Science

06.25.2018
In the last decade we have discovered thousands of planets outside our solar system and have learned that rocky, temperate worlds are numerous in our galaxy. The next step will involve asking even bigger questions. Could some of these planets host life? And if so, will we be able to recognize life elsewhere if we see it?

May 2018 was Fourth Warmest May on Record

06.18.2018
May 2018 is the fourth warmest May and the period March-April-May is the third warmest Northern Hemisphere spring in 138 years of modern record-keeping.

Waves of Dust Over the Red Sea

06.15.2018
In June 2018, winds lofted dust from the Sahara Desert and carried it over the Red Sea.

April 2018 was Third Warmest April on Record

05.16.2018
n spite of the low temperatures in parts of the United States last month, 2018 experienced globally the third warmest April in 138 years of modern record-keeping.

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.

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.
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