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First Long-Duration Lidar Satellite Mission CALIPSO Ends

CALIPSO, a lidar satellite that advanced the world’s understanding of climate, weather, and air quality, ended its scientific mission on Aug. 1, 2023.

Atmospheric Rivers Swamp Central Chile

After more than a decade of drought, strong atmospheric rivers in June and August flooded the foothills of the Andes in the Maule, Ñuble, and Biobío regions.

Idalia Spawns Major Winds

The hurricane rapidly intensified over the Gulf of Mexico, weakening only slightly before making landfall over Florida.

NASA Software Catalog Offers Free Programs for Earth Science, More

Each year, NASA scientists, engineers, and developers create software packages to manage space missions, test spacecraft, and analyze the petabytes of data produced by agency research satellites. As the agency innovates for the benefit of humanity, many of these programs are now downloadable and free of charge through NASA’s Software Catalog.

Relentless Heat in the Southwest

The desert Southwest endured more than three weeks of extreme temperatures in July 2023.

NASA Offers Many Resources to Monitor Climate Change

In light of recent extreme weather events in the United States and around the world, NASA held a media roundtable July 20 from its headquarters in Washington to highlight the agency’s climate work.

La Palma on Fire

In the early hours of July 15, 2023, a wildfire broke out on La Palma, the most northwesterly of the Canary Islands. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this image of smoke streaming south from the blaze that afternoon.

NASA to Discuss Climate Work in Wake of Record High Temps

NASA leadership, including climate experts, will be available at 4 p.m. EDT on Thursday, July 20, at the agency’s headquarters in Washington to shed light on recent extreme weather events, and discuss how NASA research and data is enabling climate solutions.

NASA Space Apps Announces 2023 Theme: Explore Open Science Together

NASA Space Apps, in collaboration with NASA Transform to Open Science (TOPS), is proud to announce the 2023 NASA International Space Apps Challenge theme: “Explore Open Science Together.” This year’s theme celebrates the benefits and successes created through the equitable and open sharing of knowledge and data. Registration is open through Oct 8.

Canadian Smoke Reaches Europe

Smoke from wildland fires in Canada traversed the Atlantic Ocean and drifted over European countries including Portugal and Spain.

NCCS-Enabled Data Assimilation Probes Impact of Pacific Ocean Heatwaves on Phytoplankton Populations

In a first-of-its-kind study, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center scientists used the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) Discover supercomputer to combine ocean data and modeling to assess how recent heatwave events affected phytoplankton populations in the open Pacific Ocean.

Smoke Blankets the Upper Midwest

Smoke from the fires in Canada polluted the air and shrouded the Minneapolis skyline.

Hazardous Air Chokes Northeastern States

Smoke originating from Canadian wildfires caused historically poor air quality.

NASA Supercomputer Enables Seasonal Forecasts for High Mountain Asia

Using forecasts run on a our Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) supercomputer, scientists from US agencies and universities; and the Korea National University of Transportation assessed the ability of the GEOS-S2S-2 forecasting system to predict atmospheric and land surface conditions throughout the High Mountain Asia region.

NASA, Rocket Lab Complete Launch of TROPICS CubeSat Constellation

The final pair of NASA’s TROPICS (Time-Resolved Observations of Precipitation structure and storm Intensity with a Constellation of Smallsats) are in orbit after successfully launching at 11:46 p.m. EDT, May 25, (3:46 p.m. NZST Friday, May 26th), completing the constellation.

A Smoky May for North America

Fierce fires in Canada are the source of smoke that has swirled across much of the continent.

Summer Temperatures Arrive Early

Record-breaking heat stifled western U.S. states and Canadian provinces.

NASA, Rocket Lab Announce Coverage for Second TROPICS Launch

After successfully launching the first pair of small satellites earlier this month from New Zealand, NASA and Rocket Lab are now targeting no earlier than 1:30 a.m. EDT Monday, May 22 (5:30 p.m. NZST), to launch the second pair of storm tracking CubeSats into orbit.

NASA Goddard, National Philharmonic Explore Cosmos Through Imagery, Music Collaboration

Awe-inspiring NASA visuals combined with the might of a live symphonic orchestra last week in “Cosmic Cycles,” a multimedia collaboration among the agency’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, the National Philharmonic, and composer Henry Dehlinger.

NASA, Rocket Lab Launch First Pair of Storm Observing CubeSats

Two NASA CubeSats designed to study tropical cyclones, including hurricanes and typhoons, are in orbit after successfully launching at 1 p.m. Monday, NZST (9 p.m. EDT Sunday).

NASA, Rocket Lab Update Launch Coverage for Tropical Cyclones Mission

After the previous launch target date changed due to weather conditions in New Zealand, NASA and Rocket Lab are now targeting 9 p.m. EDT Sunday, May 7, (1 p.m. Monday, May 8, New Zealand Standard Time), to launch two storm tracking CubeSats into orbit.

Randy Koster: Modeling the Ways of Water

Goddard research scientist Dr. Randy Koster discusses his work modeling land-surface processes and analyzing their interactions with the rest of the climate system.

VP Harris, South Korea President Yoon Suk Yeol to Visit NASA Goddard

Vice President Kamala Harris and Republic of Korea (ROK) President Yoon Suk Yeol will visit NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, on Tuesday, April 25, to see firsthand the agency’s climate change work. NASA Deputy Administrator Pam Melroy and Goddard Center Director Makenzie Lystrup will join them on tour.

5 Ways Open Science is Transforming NASA Research and Protecting Our Planet

In celebration of Earth Day, it's important to recognize the role of open science in protecting our planet and advancing NASA's research efforts. Through initiatives like NASA's Transform to Open Science (TOPS), researchers can collaborate and share data, promoting transparency and scientific integrity.

NASA Celebrates Earth Day with Earth Science in Action

This Earth Day, you can join us in person and online to see how our observations help us monitor the planet’s vital signs and share them with scientists and citizens around the world.

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