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NASA's Webb Will Use Quasars to Unlock the Secrets of the Early Universe

Shortly after its launch later this year, a team of scientists will train NASA's James Webb Space Telescope on six of the most distant and luminous quasars. They will study the properties of these quasars and their host galaxies, and how they are interconnected during the first stages of galaxy evolution in the very early universe.

NASA Helps Map Impact of COVID-19 Lockdowns on Harmful Air Pollution

For tiny airborne-particle pollution, known as PM 2.5, researchers using NASA data found that variability from meteorology obscured the lockdown signals when observed from space.

NASA Awards Funds to Minority-Serving Institutions for Ocean Research

NASA???s Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) Ocean Biology and Biogeochemistry, or OCEAN, has awarded cooperative agreements to 10 universities for projects that will support NASA???s Science Mission Directorate in seeking a better understanding of the ocean???s role in the Earth system.

Hubble Peers at a Galaxy with a Hidden Secret

This image shows the spiral galaxy NGC 3254, observed using Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3).

NCCS Staff Spotlight on Mike Little: Time Traveling in NASA Supercomputing

To better understand the roots of using supercomputing for science at NASA, NCCS staff member Mike Little shared Goddard's beginning with the IBM System/360 and the Beowulf computer cluster.

Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere

June 20, 2021, marks the summer solstice—the beginning of astronomical summer—in the Northern Hemisphere.

Let’s Talk About Climate Change, with Gavin Schmidt

Transcript of NASA "Gravity Assist" podcast interview with Gavin Schmidt.

Records Fall in Early Summer Heatwave

Extreme heat has descended on the southwestern United States, with several states enduring temperatures near and above record highs for June.

Mystery of Galaxy's Missing Dark Matter Deepens

When astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope uncovered an oddball galaxy that looked like it didn't have much dark matter, some thought the finding was hard to believe and looked for a simpler explanation.

Teaming up to Track Illegal Amazon Gold Mines in Peru

Tracking gold mining activity and deforestation in the Amazon in near real-time using satellite-based Earth observations is now possible thanks to a collaboration between Peru, NASA and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

The Large Footprint of Small-Scale Mining in Ghana

In the past decade, unregulated artisanal mines accounted for more deforestation than industrial mines.

NASA Snow Campaign Wraps for 2021

SnowEx teams measured snow at six sites across the Western U.S., on the ground and with drones and airplanes. This information is crucial for managing water resources for drinking, agriculture, hydropower, drought and more.

Heatwave Scorches the Middle East

A phenomenon known as a “heat dome” set the stage for remarkably high temperatures as meteorological summer got under way.

Hubble Sees a Spiral in Good Company

This image, taken with Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3, features the spiral galaxy NGC 4680.

Machine Learning Model Doubles Accuracy of Global Landslide ‘Nowcasts’

LHASA Version 2, released last month along with corresponding research, is a machine-learning-based model that analyzes a collection of individual variables and satellite-derived datasets to produce customizable ‘nowcasts’

Citizen Scientists Discover Two Gaseous Planets around a Bright Sun-like Star

At night, seven-year-old Miguel likes talking to his father Cesar Rubio about planets and stars. "I try to nurture that," says Rubio, a machinist in Pomona, California, who makes parts for mining and power generation equipment.

NASA Selects New Science Investigations for Future Moon Deliveries

As NASA continues plans for multiple commercial deliveries to the Moon???s surface per year, the agency has selected three new scientific investigation payload suites to advance understanding of Earth???s nearest neighbor.

NASA's Roman Space Telescope Selects 24 Flight-Quality Heat-Vision 'Eyes'

NASA's Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope team recently approved all 24 of the detectors the mission needs. These devices will convert starlight into electrical signals, which will then be decoded into 300-megapixel images of large patches of the sky.

NASA Collaboration Using Harvard Technology Could Advance Earth Science from Orbit

Measuring the polarization of scattered sunlight lets scientists extrapolate what is in the atmosphere.

NCCS User Spotlight: Robin Kovach

To celebrate World Ocean Day, the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) spoke with one of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s ocean scientists, Robin Kovach.

Lab Experiments Shed New Light on NASA Satellite Observations

New research confirms how particles from space can be sent careening down into Earth???s atmosphere to create the aurora, filling in a missing piece in how this stunning natural phenomenon is generated.

Hubble Images a Galaxy in Dazzling Detail

This image features the spiral galaxy NGC 691, imaged in fantastic detail using Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3).

From our partners at Earthdata: Tropical Cyclone Data Resources

The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season shattered records in the number of named storms (30) and was the fifth year in a row with above-average hurricane activity. The 2021 Atlantic hurricane season starts today, and this new page provides links to NASA data, tools, articles, and other resources to help you better understand these tremendous storms.

AAS Names New NASA-Affiliated Fellows, Legacy Fellows

Thirteen scientists working at or affiliated with NASA have been recently named Fellows of the American Astronomical Society (AAS), the major organization of professional astronomers in North America.

NASA's OSIRIS-REx Celebrates Perfect Departure Maneuver from Asteroid Bennu

NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is 328,000 miles, or 528,000 kilometers, away from the asteroid Bennu, having fired its engines on May 10 to initiate a return trip to Earth.

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