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NASA Ocean Ecosystem Mission Preparing to Make Waves

06.04.2020
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

05.14.2020
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

05.14.2020
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

05.09.2020
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

04.20.2020
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

04.16.2020
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

04.11.2020
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

04.10.2020
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’

04.06.2020
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

04.02.2020
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

03.13.2020
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.

Making Waves in the Andaman Sea

02.10.2020
When tides, currents, and gravity move water masses over seafloor features, they can create wave actions within the ocean.

Sediment Sloshes in Solway Firth

12.07.2019
Fjords and funnel-shaped bays and inlets are often the scene of dramatic tidal changes and sediment loads.

A Bloom in the Strait of Hormuz

12.06.2019
A phytoplankton bloom appeared in one of the world’s busiest oil waterways.

NASA Highlights Solar Mission, Jupiter Cyclone at AGU Meeting

12.05.2019
NASA researchers 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. 9-13 in San Francisco.

New Moon-Seeking Sensor Aims to Improve Earth Observations

11.14.2019
A new instrument with its eye on the Moon is taking off aboard a high-altitude NASA plane to measure the Moon’s brightness and eventually help Earth observing sensors make more accurate measurements.

Late Bloomers

09.23.2019
The waters around Newfoundland have been teeming with phytoplankton since the beginning of September.

A Bloom of Nitrogen-Fixing Bacteria

09.16.2019
An important player in the nitrogen cycle, Trichodesmium makes a seasonal appearance off the northeast coast of Australia.

Marine Heat Wave Returns to the Northeast Pacific

09.13.2019
The warm surface water this summer was caused by an unusual and persistent weather pattern.

NASA Ocean Ecosystem Mission Moves Forward

08.28.2019
Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE) mission passed its preliminary design review in August 2019, meaning the team can create its final designs and prepare for construction and testing.

Tawny Swirls in the Kara Sea

08.17.2019
Freshwater from the Yenisei River, stained brown with organic materials, mixes with Arctic seawater off the coast of Russia.

Iceland’s Waters Abloom

07.15.2019
July 2019 brought the latest display of a phytoplankton bloom that occurs every year in the North Atlantic Ocean.

Kolyma’s Annual Purge

07.14.2019
Every June, the Kolyma River thaws and carries organic materials that stain the Arctic Ocean.

NASA Satellites Find Biggest Seaweed Bloom in the World

07.09.2019
An unprecedented belt of brown algae stretches from West Africa to the Gulf of Mexico—and it’s likely here to stay.

The Sea Takes Back a Baby Island

07.05.2019
A tiny island birthed by an earthquake and a mud volcano has faded into the sea.
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