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NASA Satellites Find Snow Didn’t Offset Southwest US Groundwater Loss

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Record snowfall in recent years has not been enough to offset long-term drying conditions and increasing groundwater demands in the U.S. Southwest, according to a new analysis of NASA satellite data. Declining water levels in the Great Salt Lake and…

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NASA-Led Mission to Map Air Pollution Over Both U.S. Coasts

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This summer between June 17 and July 2, NASA will fly aircraft over Baltimore, Philadelphia, parts of Virginia, and California to collect data on air pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions.   The campaign supports the NASA Student Airborne Research Program…

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NASA Announces New System to Aid Disaster Response

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In early May, widespread flooding and landslides occurred in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul, leaving thousands of people without food, water, or electricity. In the following days, NASA teams provided data and imagery to help on-the-ground responders…

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NASA Analysis Confirms a Year of Monthly Temperature Records

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May 2024 was the warmest May on the books, marking a full year of record-high monthly temperatures, NASA scientists found. Average global temperatures for the past 12 months hit record highs for each respective month – an unprecedented streak –…

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The image shows a road leading to a river or stream that is currently experiencing flooding. The road is blocked off with a yellow and black striped barrier and a sign that reads "AREA CLOSED DUE TO FLOODING." The water level in the river is high, and the current appears strong, with debris visible in the water. The surrounding area is lush with green trees and vegetation, indicating a rural or natural setting. The sky above is partly cloudy.

North Carolina Volunteers Work Toward Cleaner Well Water

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When the ground floods during a storm, floodwaters wash bacteria and other contaminants into private wells. But thanks to citizen scientists in North Carolina, we now know a bit more about how to deal with this problem. A new NASA-Funded study describes the…

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PACE Celebrates National Ocean Month With Colorful Views of the Planet

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What do you give to an ocean that has everything? This year, for National Ocean Month, NASA’s Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE) satellite— is gifting us a unique look at our home planet. The visualizations created with data from…

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NASA Scientists Take to the Seas to Study Air Quality

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Satellites continuously peer down from orbit to take measurements of Earth, and this week a group of scientists set sail to verify some of those data points. On June 2, the SCOAPE (Satellite Coastal and Oceanic Atmospheric Pollution Experiment) research…

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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…

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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.…

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Ongoing Venus Volcanic Activity Discovered With NASA’s Magellan Data

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An analysis of data from Magellan’s radar finds two volcanoes erupted in the early 1990s. This adds to the 2023 discovery of a different active volcano in Magellan data. Direct geological evidence of recent volcanic activity on Venus has been…

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