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NASA Mission Flies Over Arctic to Study Sea Ice Melt Causes

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It’s not just rising air and water temperatures influencing the decades-long decline of Arctic sea ice. Clouds, aerosols, even the bumps and dips on the ice itself can play a role. To explore how these factors interact and impact sea…

Article3 weeks ago

Twin NASA Satellites Ready to Help Gauge Earth’s Energy Balance

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Editor’s note: NASA and Rocket Lab now are targeting no earlier than 3 p.m. NZST, Wednesday, June 5 (11 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, June 4), for the launch of the second CubeSat for the agency’s PREFIRE mission. Follow NASA’s Small Satellites blog for more details.…

Article3 weeks ago

5 Things to Know About NASA’s Tiny Twin Polar Satellites

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Editor’s note: The date for NASA’s first PREFIRE launch has changed to no earlier than Saturday, May 25. Additional updates can be found on NASA’s Small Satellites blog. Called PREFIRE, this CubeSat duo will boost our understanding of how much heat Earth’s…

Article1 month ago

How ‘Glowing’ Plants Could Help Scientists Predict Flash Drought

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An unusual boost in plant productivity can foreshadow severe soil water loss. NASA satellites are following the clues. Flaring up rapidly and with little warning, the drought that gripped much of the United States in the summer of 2012 was…

Article1 month ago

NASA Teammates Recall Favorite Memories Aboard Flying Laboratory

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After flying more than three decades and 158 science campaigns, just one flight remains. NASA’s DC-8 Airborne Science Laboratory will make its final flight May 15 to Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho, where it will be used to train…

Article1 month ago

Meet NASA Women Behind World’s Largest Flying Laboratory

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NASA’s DC-8 aircraft – the world’s largest flying science laboratory – began its science missions in 1987 and since then, has flown in service of the science community over places like Antarctica, Greenland, and Thailand. Aircraft like the DC-8 have…

Article1 month ago

International SWOT Mission Can Improve Flood Prediction

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A partnership between NASA and the French space agency, the satellite is poised to help improve forecasts of where and when flooding will occur in Earth’s rivers, lakes, and reservoirs. Rivers, lakes, and reservoirs are like our planet’s arteries, carrying…

Article2 months ago

NASA’s CloudSat Ends Mission Peering Into the Heart of Clouds

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Over the course of nearly two decades, its powerful radar provided never-before-seen details of clouds and helped advance global weather and climate predictions. CloudSat, a NASA mission that peered into hurricanes, tallied global snowfall rates, and achieved other weather and…

Article2 months ago

NASA Data Helps Beavers Build Back Streams

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Humans aren’t the only mammals working to mitigate the effects of climate change in the Western United States. People there are also enlisting the aid of nature’s most prolific engineers – beavers. Using NASA-provided grants, two open-source programs from Boise…

Article2 months ago

NASA Selects New Aircraft-Driven Studies of Earth and Climate Change

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NASA has selected six new airborne missions that include domestic and international studies of fire-induced clouds, Arctic coastal change, air quality, landslide hazards, shrinking glaciers, and emissions from agricultural lands. NASA’s suite of airborne missions complement what scientists can see…

Article2 months ago