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NASA Sees Our Ocean in Color for World Oceans Day

Fact: Over 70 percent of our planet???s oxygen is produced by the ocean.

Tracking Carbon from the Ocean Surface to the Twilight Zone

A seaward journey funded by NASA and the National Science Foundation sets sail in the northern Atlantic for the month of May???the sequel to a complimentary, and yet contrasting, expedition that took place in the northern Pacific in 2018.

Downstream Consequences: How NASA Satellites Track Harmful Algal Blooms

Fertilizers used in farming contain high amounts of nutrients, such as phosphorous, to help crops grow. But these same nutrients can cause unwanted plant growth and potentially harm ecosystems miles away if agricultural runoff flows into nearby rivers, lakes, or coastal waters.

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

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!

Hiding in Plain Sight

Springtime ocean conditions promote North Atlantic blooms, but you wouldn't know that from looking with human eyes.

Patterns Around Leizhou Peninsula

Tides, currents, and human activity combine to produce art-like patterns in the waters off China’s southern province of Guangdong.

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

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

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

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.

Stained Winyah Bay

One of the first attempts to set up a permanent European colony in the contiguous United States ended in disaster.

A Lush Laptev Palette

A colorful mixture of dissolved organic matter and sediments help trace the sea’s otherwise invisible currents and eddies.

Persistent Phytoplankton

The waters off of Newfoundland were colored by coccolithophore blooms for two months.

Beguiling Bloom in The Baltic Sea

Nearly every summer, phytoplankton trace the sea’s currents, eddies, and flows.

Phytoplankton Surge in Arctic Waters

The floating plant-like organisms are showing up in higher concentrations across the Arctic Ocean.

A Walk Through the Rainbow with PACE

Why are there so many songs about rainbows? For NASA’s upcoming Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem mission, or PACE, the colors of the rainbow — or, if you prefer, the visible wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum — are the key to unlocking a wealth of new data on skies and seas around the world.

NASA Ocean Ecosystem Mission Preparing to Make Waves

NASA’s Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem mission has successfully passed its design reviews and moved into its construction and testing phase, preparing to advance the fields of global ocean and atmospheric science when it launches in 2023.

Tiny NASA Satellite Captures First Image of Clouds and Aerosols

The Hyper-Angular Rainbow Polarimeter (HARP) CubeSat achieved “first light” on April 17, 2020. The tiny satellite sent back its very first image over Europe with bright splashes of colors labeling clouds and aerosols, tiny particles in the atmosphere.

Still Sandy After All These Years

In 2002, Earth Observatory published one of the site’s most popular images: the Great Bahama Bank. Eighteen years later, the science has advanced but the sand has not.

Perma-Blooms off Mauritania

In a bay off the coast of northwest Africa, conditions are almost always just right for phytoplankton blooms.

When It Comes to Water, You Have to Think Global

Earth is a pale, blue dot when seen from space. Its blue color is due to our home planet being 71% covered in water.

#EarthDayAtHome with NASA

Fifty years ago, on April 22, 1970, people around the world marked the first Earth Day. Thousands gathered to raise awareness about the importance of protecting our beautiful planet for future generations.

A Sea of Color and Wind

Phytoplankton and sediment produced a vivid display in this relatively shallow sea between Great Britain and northern Europe.

NASA Marks Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary with #EarthDayAtHome

As the world observes the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22, NASA is highlighting the agency’s many contributions to sustaining and improving our home planet’s environment...

New NASA Podcast Helps Listeners Explore Our ‘Curious Universe’

NASA’s newest podcast is taking listeners on an adventure to explore the wonders of Earth and help unravel the mysteries of the universe.

NASA Science Keeps the Lights On

Across NASA’s many missions, thousands of scientists, engineers, and other experts and professionals all over the country are doing what they do best, but now from home offices and via video conferencing. With most personnel supporting missions remotely to keep onsite staff at a minimal level in response to COVID-19, the Agency is moving ahead strongly with everything from space exploration to using our technology and innovation to help inform policy makers.

Statement on NASA Goddard’s Coronavirus Prep Actions

Goddard has canceled all non-mission-essential visits to its facilities. Goddard also is closing its Visitor Centers at Greenbelt and at Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia.

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