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Hubble Finds Flame Nebula's Searing Stars May Halt Planet Formation

The Flame Nebula, also called NGC 2024, is a large star-forming region in the constellation Orion that lies about 1,400 light-years from Earth.

Mariel Friberg Uses Satellite Data to Study Wildfires

Mariel Friberg works in Goddard's Climate and Radiation Laboratory using satellite data to study new wildfire observations, providing helpful tools for wildfire models.

Why NCCS is Thankful in 2021: The Extraordinary People of NASA (and Beyond)

As we head toward the Thanksgiving holiday, the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) reflects on why we are thankful. Why do we look forward to our work at NASA every day? Is it the mission? The research? The technology? What is the heart of our motivation?

One Year From Launch: US-European Satellite to Track World’s Water

An international team of engineers and technicians has finished assembling a next-generation satellite that will make the first global survey of Earth’s surface water and study fine-scale ocean currents. The Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) mission is just a year out from launch, and the final set of tests on the spacecraft have started.

Hubble Spots Swirls of Dust in the Flame Nebula

The Flame Nebula, also called NGC 2024, is a large star-forming region in the constellation Orion that lies about 1,400 light-years from Earth. It’s a part of the Orion Molecular Cloud Complex.

Hubble Catches Celestial Prawn Drifting Through the Cosmic Deep

The Prawn Nebula is a massive stellar nursery located in the constellation Scorpius, about 6,000 light years from Earth.

Severe Flooding in the Pacific Northwest

Torrential rain in southern British Columbia and western Washington spurred deadly floods and mudslides that have damaged infrastructure and isolated communities.

Hubble's Grand Tour of the Outer Solar System

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has completed this year's grand tour of the outer solar system – returning crisp images that complement current and past observations from interplanetary spacecraft.

NOAA’s GOES-T has new launch date

NOAA and NASA are now targeting March 1, 2022, as the new launch date for NOAA’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite T (GOES-T) mission. The launch was recently scheduled for February 16, 2022. However, shifts in launch dates for missions scheduled ahead of GOES-T prompted NASA, NOAA, and United Launch Alliance (ULA) to coordinate the

A Shot of Smoke for Delhi

Smoke from crop fires in northern India blanketed the populous city and contributed to soaring levels of air pollution.

Reducing Emissions to Mitigate Climate Change Could Yield Dramatic Health Benefits by 2030

New research shows that improved air quality caused by reducing emissions from burning fossil fuels and other sources could improve human health and prevent economic losses, projections by scientists at NASA, Duke University and Columbia University show.

Hubble Spies Newly Forming Star Incubating in IC 2631

This Hubble infrared image captures a protostar designated J1672835.29-763111.64 in the reflection nebula IC 2631, part of the Chamaeleon star-forming region in the southern constellation Chamaeleon.

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope Primed to Lift the Haze Surrounding Sub-Neptunes

Detailed atmospheric studies will provide key insights into some of the most common – and mysterious – planets known in the galaxy.

Nebula Churns Out Massive Stars in New Hubble Image

The star-forming nebula (G035.20-0.74) in this Hubble image is in the constellation Aquila and is known for producing a particular kind of massive star known as a B-Type star. These stars are hot, young, blue stars up to five times hotter than our Sun.

NASA Study Traces Decade of Ammonia Air Pollution in Africa

A new NASA-led study is the first to document changing atmospheric ammonia (NH3) concentrations in Africa over an extended period. Ammonia is an air pollutant which can lead to heart and lung related illness. When present in excess in an ecosystem, it can make soil more acidic and hinder plant growth.

Hubble Images Dark Nebula Cloaking Stars Within Dusty Depths

This Hubble image captures a portion of a dark nebula in the constellation Cepheus. LND 1165 is part of a collection called Lynds’ Catalog of Dark Nebulae, originally published in 1962.

Reflected Starlight Bathes Forming Star in New Hubble Image

This Hubble image captures a portion of the reflection nebula IC 2631 that contains a protostar, the hot, dense core of a forming star that is accumulating gas and dust.

6 Things to Know About Supercomputing at NASA

From exploring the solar system and outer space to improving life here on Earth, supercomputing is vital to NASA missions.

Dust Blankets Tashkent

Meteorologists in Uzbekistan reported airborne levels of dust as high as they have been in 150 years of monitoring.

Hubble Surveys A Snowman Sculpted from Gas and Dust

The Snowman Nebula is an emission nebula that resides in the constellation Puppis in the southern sky, about 6,000 light-years away from Earth.

Hubble Captures the Shredded Remains of a Cosmic Explosion

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope images the glowing red tendrils of gas from the supernova remnant, DEM L249.

NASA’s Roman Mission Will Help Empower a New Era of Cosmological Discovery

A team of scientists has forecast the scientific impact of the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope’s High Latitude Wide Area Survey on critical questions in cosmology.

Hubble Spots Dark Star-Hatching frEGGs

The light of newly-formed stars silhouettes the dark, cold, gas clouds called Free-floating Evaporating Gaseous Globules (frEGGs) in this Hubble image.

Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys Instrument Resumes Science, Investigation Continues

The Hubble team successfully recovered the Advanced Camera for Surveys instrument Nov. 7. NASA is continuing to investigate why the instruments in the Hubble Space Telescope recently went into safe mode configuration, suspending science operations.

NASA Participates in UN Climate Change Conference

NASA is participating in the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, which began Oct. 31, and runs through Friday, Nov. 12. The COP26 summit brings parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change.

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