News Articles

An ice glacier.
Earth, Climate Change, Ice
Feb 16, 2018
Last year was a record-breaking one for Operation IceBridge, NASA’s aerial survey of the state of polar ice. For the first time in its nine-year history, the mission, which aims to close the gap between two NASA satellite campaigns that study changes in the height of polar ice, carried out seven... Read More
Aug 30, 2017
NASA analyzed the soil moisture in southeastern Texas before and after Harvey made landfall and found the ground was already somewhat saturated.
Aug 28, 2017
Tropical Storm Harvey's center of circulation did not move much during the day on Sunday, Aug. 27 and NASA's infrared data identified powerful storms within Harvey that had the capability to produce heavy rain.
Satellite image showing Hurricane Harvey over Texas
Aug 1, 2017
Getting a Feel for Eclipses explains details surrounding the August 2017 total solar eclipse. Tactile graphics provide an illustration of the interaction and alignment of the Sun with the Moon and the Earth.
Fingers reading braille map of eclipse above animation of eclipse travelling across map of US
Jul 26, 2017
The temperature of Chamber A at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston is steadily dropping, creating a frigid environment for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope that is in stark contrast to the heat of the city.
Earth, Climate Change, Ice
Jun 8, 2017
With temperatures around the world climbing, melt waters from the continental ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica are raising sea levels. Those ice sheets are melting from both above and below. Much of the ice lost from ice sheets comes from a process called calving where ice erodes, breaks off... Read More
Greenland's Thinning Ice Poster
May 25, 2017
From penguins to plant stress, the 2016 Annual Report highlights the many innovative ways our partners use Earth observations to support their projects and activities.
Report and title cover for the NASA Earth Science's Applied Sciences Program 2016 report
Earth, Climate Change
May 12, 2017
Water is a critical resource in the western U.S. NASA’s Airborne Snow Observatory is giving California water agencies the first complete measurements of the water available in the Sierra snowpack along with data on when the snow will melt.
Image of airplane scanning snow fall in landscape
May 8, 2017
Satellite image of a flood
Universe, Earth, Sun, Solar System
Apr 13, 2017
Earth. A world dominated by water. Trillions of gallons flow freely across the surface of our blue-green planet. While we once thought oceans made our planet unique, we’re now coming to realize that ‘ocean worlds’ are all around us.  
Ocean Worlds Poster
Apr 10, 2017
NASA invites people around the world to help us celebrate Earth Day 2017 by "adopting" one of 64,000 individual pieces of Earth as seen from space.  
Title image with map in background
Mar 27, 2017
NASA will celebrate Earth Day on April 22 to engage the public in the Agency’s mission to better understand and protect our home planet. Download a high resolution of our Earth Day poster.
Earth, Sun
Mar 20, 2017
The earliest satellites of the Space Age were small. Sputnik, for instance, weighed just 184.3 lbs. America’s first satellite, Explorer 1, was even smaller at only about 30 lbs. Over time, satellites grew to accommodate more sensors with greater capabilities, but thanks to miniaturization and new... Read More
NASA Embraces Small Satellites Poster
Earth, ISS
Mar 7, 2017
About 30 years ago, researchers announced that ozone concentrations high in the atmosphere over the South Pole had hit an all-time low. This critical layer of the atmosphere that shields us from the Sun’s harmful UV rays had a ‘hole’ in it. And that hole was rapidly expanding. This discovery led to... Read More
Earth Observation from the Station Poster