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NASA Debuts Online Toolkit to Promote Commercial Use of Satellite Data

Earth Jul 18, 2018
While NASA’s policy of free and open remote-sensing data has long benefited the scientific community, other government agencies and nonprofit organizations, it has significant untapped potential...
Photo of two women working in a rice field.

Empowering Agricultural Decision Makers Across the Globe with Improved Rainfall Forecasting Data

Earth Jul 9, 2018
The timing and onset of rainfall is crucial for hundreds of thousands of farmers in the developing world when sowing, fertilizing and harvesting cr
Artists depiction of the constellation of TROPICS CubeSats.

SMD-Sponsored Technologies Infused into Third Set of Earth Venture Instruments

Earth Jul 2, 2018
In March 2016, NASA announced the selection of two proposals—both direct infusions of Earth Science Technology Office (ESTO) projects—under the third solicitation of the Earth Venture Instrument...
Fire on mountain

Four Other Things ECOSTRESS Can See

Earth, Climate Change Jun 29, 2018
NASA's Ecosystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on Space Station (ECOSTRESS) is designed to study how plants respond to heat and water st
Satellite image of smoke from fire in Nepal

Satellite Data Aids Forest Fire Detection and Monitoring in Nepal

Earth Jun 25, 2018
Forest fires have adverse ecological and economic effects and are a major concern in many countries, including Nepal.

Federal Government Releases National Near-Earth Object Preparedness Plan

Earth Jun 20, 2018
A new multiagency report outlines how the U.S. could become better prepared for near-Earth objects—asteroids and comets whose orbits come within 30 million miles of Earth—otherwise known as NEOs.

NASA, NSF Plunge Into Ocean ‘Twilight Zone’ to Explore Ecosystem Carbon Flow

Earth Jun 18, 2018
A large multidisciplinary team of scientists, equipped with advanced underwater robotics and an array of analytical instrumentation, will set sail for the northeastern Pacific Ocean this August.

Ramp-Up in Antarctic Ice Loss Speeds Sea Level Rise

Earth Jun 13, 2018
Ice losses from Antarctica have tripled since 2012, increasing global sea levels by 0.12 inch (3 millimeters) in that timeframe alone, according to a major new international climate assessment funded...
Photo of bull in Kenya after eating prickly pear cactus

Smartphone App Simplifies Invasive Species Mapping in Kenya's North Rangelands

Earth Jun 13, 2018
For many years, pastoralists in Northern Kenya have been affected by Opuntia stricta, an invasive cactus native to the Caribbean region and commonl

NASA Awards Options for Two Joint Polar Satellite System Spacecraft

Earth May 25, 2018
NASA has exercised options under the Rapid Spacecraft Acquisition III (Rapid III) contract for two additional Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) spacecraft to be built for the National Oceanic and...