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Persistent Dust Storms Batter Iraq

At least eight major events have darkened skies and sickened people in the past six weeks.

Scientists Show How Forests Measure Up

A new map shows the height of Earth’s forests, from stubby saplings to timbers towering more than 50 meters tall, across the entire land surface.

Satellites, the Space Race, and Supercomputing: How NASA Goddard’s Beowulf Cluster Computer Became an Award-Winning Space Technology

On April 7, Beowulf Cluster Computing was inducted into the Space Technology Hall of Fame. The Beowulf computer cluster was a breakthrough at NASA that enabled many other innovations. Virtually every area of science, math, and biology continue to be direct beneficiaries of this groundbreaking work.

Earth from Orbit: NOAA Debuts First Imagery from GOES-18

On May 11, 2022, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, shared the first images of the Western Hemisphere from its Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-T (GOES-T). Later designated GOES-18, the satellite’s Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) instrument recently captured stunning views of Earth.

NASA’s Cynthia Rosenzweig Receives 2022 World Food Prize

Cynthia Rosenzweig, a senior research scientist and head of the Climate Impacts Group at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York City, received the 2022 World Food Prize from the World Food Prize Foundation on May 5.

Measuring Methane in the Everglades

Scientists are measuring emissions from dying mangrove forests in order to learn something about soaring global levels of the greenhouse gas.

Wildfires Continue to Burn Across New Mexico

By early May 2022, nearly a quarter million acres had burned in New Mexico, almost double the annual total of 2021.

Losing a Long-Watched Glacier

Scientists have been observing Peyto Glacier in Alberta since the 1960s.

Early Season Heat Waves Strike India

The hottest March on record was followed by more waves of oppressive heat in April, leaving more than a billion people sweltering and the monsoon season still weeks away.

Ice Lost, Island Found?

An unnamed mound of white off East Antarctica seems to be an island.

Wildfires Scorch Northern New Mexico

Strong, gusty winds and an exceedingly dry landscape fueled an early and severe outbreak of fire.

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Every Day is Earth Day at the NASA Center for Climate Simulation

The theme of Earth Day 2022 is “Investing in Earth.” A significant investment in understanding Earth has already been made with the creation of the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in 1990, where every day is Earth Day.

Gravity Assist: Walking on Broken Ice, with Catherine Walker

An Antarctic ice shelf collapsed in March, concerning scientists who track melting glaciers, sea level rise, and other effects of climate change. Catherine Walker, a visiting scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, uses NASA satellite data to look at the progression of events like this one to understand how large ice structures collapse.

Brian Campbell Brings NASA Science to Citizens Around the Globe

Brian Campbell began his career as a high school science teacher, and today his passion for teaching science helps him lead citizen science, mission outreach and education efforts from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility.

NASA Scientist Discovers New Means to Measure Snow Depth from Space

A NASA scientist is adding a new dimension to the climate-observing powers of a satellite instrument whose main mission is to measure the height of Earth's ice sheets and sea ice. And the inspiration for this new method comes from how ants walk around their colonies.

California Field Campaign Helping Scientists Protect Diverse Ecosystems

With a plane crisscrossing the sky and researchers working on land and sea, the Surface Biology and Geology High-Frequency Time Series campaign (SHIFT) combines the ability of airborne science instruments to gather data over widespread areas with the more concentrated observations scientists conduct in the field to study natural environments.

The Little Satellite That Could

The SeaHawk satellite is both a throwback to a previous era and a glimpse of the future.

NASA Celebrates Earth Day with Every #NASAEarthling

NASA’s space exploration continues to inspire us to be better stewards of our planet and Earth Day is a great time to celebrate what we’ve done and can do to keep Earth everyone’s favorite planet in the universe.

Deluge in South Africa

In the KwaZulu-Natal coastal province, heavy rainfall spurred deadly flooding and landslides.

Clouds Do the Darndest Things

A high-pressure region combined with a passing frontal system off the South African coast to create an eye-catching gap in the clouds.

Connect with NASA on Social Media this Earth Day

Connect with us this Earth Day on April 22 by posting on social media an image of yourself, your pets, your favorite place, or even just text and tag it with #NASAEarthling to show off what makes life on our planet truly special – you.

NASA Releases Breakthrough Forest Biomass-Carbon Product

NASA’s GEDI mission has reached a major milestone with the release of its newest data product, which provides the first near-global estimate of above-ground plant biomass and the carbon it stores – filling a key gap in climate research.

NASA Finds New Way to Monitor Underground Water Loss

Scientists have produced a new method that holds the promise of improving groundwater management – critical to both life and agriculture in dry regions.

Churning Channel

A nanosatellite gets a bird’s view of sediment and plankton near the Strait of Dover.

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