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Ice on Lake Erie

On January 6, 2018, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite acquired images of North America’s Great Lakes.

How Algorithm Got Its Name

The concept of an algorithm has a long history that involves the invention of numerals, mathematics, and computers. The word itself has an interesting origin story that traces back to Khwãrezm.

Cloud Streets Over the Yellow Sea

On November 18, 2017, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite acquired this natural-color image of cloud streets over the Yellow Sea.

South Atlantic Abloom

Swirls of milky blue and green reveal the presence of massive numbers of phytoplankton in the South Atlantic Ocean near the Falkland Islands.

Powerful Winter Storm Pummels the U.S. East Coast

Millions of people along the East Coast of the U.S. faced snow and ice, gusty winds, power outages, travel delays, school closings, and flooding as a rapidly-intensifying Nor’easter plowed northward.

A Cloud and Ice Factory

For most of each winter, the Sea of Okhotsk is covered in ice.

Ice in the Weddell Sea

On November 12, 2017, NASA’s Operation IceBridge—an airborne mission to map polar ice—flew a high-priority mission over the Larsen C ice shelf.

Bolaven (was 01W - NW Pacific Ocean)

The first tropical depression of the northwestern Pacific Ocean 2018 tropical cyclone season didn't waste any time forming after the first of the new year.

A Chilly End to 2017 for the Northeast

As 2017 drew toward a close, Arctic air spilled into the eastern United States and Canada for several days.

A Haven For Snowbirds

Every winter, more than one million people from Canada and northern parts of the United States, many of them retired, head to Florida to escape the cold.

Southern Antarctic Peninsula

After a few hours flying over the Southern Ocean and the sea ice fields around Antarctica, the first sign of land can be startling.

Agricultural Fires in Africa Stretch the Whole of the Continent

The VIIRS instrument on the Suomi NPP satellite collected this image which detected hundreds upon hundreds of fires burning in Central Africa. Most likely these fires are agricultural in nature.

NASA Goddard Year in Review - 2017

A look back at 2017 at NASA Goddard.

NASA Sends New Research to Space Station Aboard SpaceX Resupply Mission

The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft successfully launched at 10:36 a.m. EST Dec. 15, 2017, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

IceBridge Blues

NASA’s Operation IceBridge—an airborne mission to map polar ice—recently made some flights out of the McMurdo and Amundsen-Scott South Pole stations.

Wildfire Lights Up Ventura

The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite captured this nighttime image of the fire at 1:05 a.m. local time (09:05 Universal Time) on December 5, 2017.

A Growing City and a Deadly Landslide

At 6:50 a.m. on August 14, 2017, the people of Regent heard a low rumbling noise like the hum of a passing airplane. Then there was quiet.

Four Decades and Counting: New NASA Instrument Continues Measuring Solar Energy Input to Earth

This December, NASA is launching an instrument to the International Space Station to continue a 40-year record of monitoring the Sun's energy to Earth.

Icy Fingers in the Weddell Sea

Ice can be stunningly beautiful and also quite varied in its appearance. The most obvious differences are between the two main ice types: land ice and sea ice.

NASA's TSIS-1 Keeps an Eye on Sun's Power Over Ozone

NASA's TSIS-1 will provide the most detailed measurements of sunlight – a critical component for evaluating the long-term effects of ozone-destroying chemicals on Earth's upper atmosphere.

Dust Coats Copper River Valley

On November 15, 2017, the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 acquired images of dust blowing out of the Copper River Valley on Alaska’s south coast.

Flash Floods in Greece

Late on November 14, 2017, a slow-moving weather system in the Mediterranean brought torrential rain and flash floods to Greece.

Reconstructing the Recent History of Pacific Ocean Life

Through several decades of observations, oceanographers have found that the tropical Pacific accounts for about 20 percent of all primary ocean productivity.

Connecting the Dots Between Dust, Phytoplankton, and Ice Cores

Scientists first reported major dust storms in southern Alaska in 1911, but only in the past decade have they begun to find that high-latitude dust storms play a role in fueling phytoplankton blooms.

From Microscopic to Multicellular: Six Stories of Life that NASA Sees from Space

Scientists have use satellites to understand how life flourishes and fades on our planet. These selected visual stories of bacteria, plants, land animals, sea creatures and birds show what a view from space can reveal.
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