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NASA’s New Mini Satellite Will Study Milky Way’s Halo

07.18.2018
A new NASA-sponsored CubeSat mission called HaloSat will help scientists search for the universe's missing matter by studying X-rays from hot gas surrounding the Milky Way galaxy.

Technicians Ensure James Webb Space Telescope’s Sunshield Survives Stresses Experienced During Liftoff

07.18.2018
Acoustic testing exposes the spacecraft to similar forces and stress experienced during liftoff, allowing engineers to better prepare it for the rigors of spaceflight.

The Water is Wider

07.18.2018
A new map of the world’s rivers and their widths shows that surface waterways are collectively wider and cover more area than previously thought.

Global Study of World’s Beaches Shows Threat to Protected Areas

07.18.2018
A first-of-its-kind survey of the world’s sandy shorelines with satellite data found that they have increased on a global scale over the past three decades but decreased in protected marine areas.

Ferguson Fire Continues to Increase in Size

07.18.2018
The Ferguson fire was quiet overnight but it appears that does not apply to the amount of smoke coming off the fire.

Cape Town’s Reservoirs Rebound

07.17.2018
After nearly running out of water in early 2018, the city’s reservoirs are being replenished by rain, conservation efforts, and engineering fixes.

Ferocious Ferguson Fire in California Threatens Mariposa--Again

07.17.2018
The Ferguson Fire today is inching closer to Mariposa and residents are once again on the brink of evacuation.

A Scientist's Final Paper Looks Toward Earth's Future Climate

07.16.2018
A final, posthumous paper from a Goddard scientist and former astronaut reveals new understanding about Earth's climate.

Son-Tinh (was 11W - Northwestern Pacific Ocean)

07.16.2018
As Tropical Depression 11W was strengthening into Tropical Storm Son-tinh near the northern Philippines, the Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM core satellite analyzed its rainfall.

India's Deadly Monsoon Rainfall Measured With NASA's IMERG

07.16.2018
This year's monsoon has been assessed as average but India's Meteorological Department statistics show that daily mean rainfall for the country has recently been above normal.

June 2018 Ties for Third Warmest June on Record

07.16.2018
June 2018 continued the warming trend of the past 40 years.

One Year Adrift, but Not Far

07.16.2018
In July 2017, a huge iceberg dramatically broke away from the Larsen C Ice Shelf on the Antarctic Peninsula. But the aftermath has been a bit more drawn-out, as the berg hasn’t moved very far.

Churning in the Chukchi Sea

07.14.2018
Regardless of the amount of winter ice cover, the waters off of the Alaskan coast usually come alive each spring with blooms of phytoplankton.

Hubble Observes an Irregular Galaxy with a Peculiar Supernova

07.13.2018
An irregular galaxy called UGC 12682 glows warmly against the dark backdrop of the universe in this Hubble image.

Fires in a Dry, Hot Colorado Summer

07.13.2018
Dry, hot conditions in Colorado helped lead to the state’s third-largest wildfire in history.

Hubble and Gaia Team Up to Fuel Cosmic Conundrum

07.12.2018
Using two powerful space telescopes astronomers made the most precise measurements to date of the universe’s expansion rate.

NASA’s Fermi Traces Source of Cosmic Neutrino to Monster Black Hole

07.12.2018
For the first time ever, scientists using NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope have found the source of a high-energy neutrino from outside our galaxy.

NASA’s Webb Space Telescope to Inspect Atmospheres of Gas Giant Exoplanets

07.11.2018
One of the most powerful tools that will examine the atmospheres of some planets that TESS discovers will be NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope.

NASA’s TESS Spacecraft Continues Testing Prior to First Observations

07.11.2018
After a successful launch on April 18, 2018, NASA’s newest planet hunter, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, is currently undergoing a series of commissioning tests before it begins searching for planets.

NASA Surveys Hurricane Damage to Puerto Rico’s Forests

07.11.2018
Hurricane Maria barreled across Puerto Rico with winds of up to 155 miles per hour and battering rain that flooded towns, knocked out communications networks and destroyed the power grid.

Fires in Russia's Siberian Area Send Smoke to U.S.

07.11.2018
The Worldview App shows that extensive fires are plaguing a large portion of Siberia in Russia. Those fires created huge plumes of smoke that traveled air streams into Canada and the United States.

Martin Fire in Nevada Is 57 Miles Long

07.11.2018
The Martin fire is 57 miles long and 31 miles wide--a total of 439, 230 acres.

Severe Rainfall and Flooding in Japan

07.10.2018
After being soaked in just a few days with double the amount of rain that falls in a normal July, parts of Japan are facing their worst flooding disaster in 35 years.

Chris (Atlantic Ocean)

07.09.2018
Tropical Storm Chris was strengthening when NASA’s Aqua satellite passed over the U.S. Eastern Seaboard on July 9.

ICESat-2 Lasers Pass Final Ground Test

07.09.2018
The next time lasers fire from NASA’s Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite-2, or ICESat-2, the spacecraft will be orbiting hundreds of miles above Earth and beginning its mission.
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